A victory over Iowa State would have offered a little respite. Not to the Budke or Serna families. But to a fan base and a school that must feel under siege after yet another plane crashed claimed the lives of good people.
In a weird way, the tragedy offers respite to the football side.
The perfect season is gone. Big Bowl hopes are gone. Weeden's Heisman campaign is gone.
That would have qualified as disaster before a single-engine plane crashed into the Arkansas hills. Now, it's merely disappointing.
“The plane crash, for the families of the people involved, is just tragic,” Gundy said. “So much more important than this game. When you lose people…”
Weeden said the players took on the mindset of winning for the victims, and while Gundy said he doesn't much believe in that, “One thing I can guarantee you, these guys wanted to go out and play the best they could. It just didn't come out in their favor tonight.”
A tipped pass here, a tackle there. A field goal. A first down. Lots of things could have brought that sliver of light.
But no matter the final score, Friday would have remained one of the darkest days in OSU history.
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