OSU seemed certain of victory late at Texas Tech, leading 52-34 in the final minutes.
Still, the Cowboys' defense played for pride, grinding out a goal-line stand, stopping the Red Raiders four straight times — five including a play negated by an offside call — after a pass interference penalty had put the ball at the OSU 2.
On fourth down from the 1, linebacker Caleb Lavey stopped Tech running back Kenny Williams for a 1-yard loss. That was play No. 100 for the defense.
“I don't know if words can describe how I was feeling or how my defensive teammates were feeling at that time,” said Cowboys tackle Calvin Barnett. “Even for the offense to know, ‘Man, look at what they just did.' And for our fan base to know that we were still able to hold it up. Those were the plays from 95 to 100 in that whole game. That's the most snaps we've taken all year.
“For us being able to do that was really just a statement. It was about putting up a statement for everybody to see.”
OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer saw and took notice, with pride.
“Unbelievable,” Spencer said. “The game is (over), but they just decided, ‘You are not scoring.'”
OSU, PITT TO PLAY IN 2016-17
OSU and Pittsburgh have scheduled a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017, the schools announced.
The Panthers will visit Boone Pickens Stadium on Sept. 17, 2016, and Cowboys will play at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, 2017. The schools have never met on the football field.
STEWART NOMINATED FOR COURAGE AWARD
Cowboys receiver Josh Stewart is this week's nominee for the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award, voted on by a select group of members from the Football Writers Association of America and presented at the end of the season.
Stewart's nod stems from his overcoming many adversities in his life. He lost his mother and older brother in a car accident when he was six months old. When he was 5, his father was shot and killed in a struggle for a gun with his paternal grandfather. And in 2005, while living with his grandparents in New Orleans, he was forced to flee when Hurricane Katrina struck.
After moving to Denton, Texas, Stewart became a football standout at Guyer High. He's now in his third season at OSU.
OPPONENT WATCH: KU FOCUSED ON FINAL FOUR
The focus in Lawrence this week: the final four.
Not the Final Four, but KU's final four football games, which Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis said will define his team's season.
“Here's what I told them on Sunday: this team will be remembered by what happens in the next four games,” Weis said during his Tuesday news conference. “It will not be remembered by where you are right now. We're 2-6 right now. This team will be remembered by what happens in the next four games.
“If we end up 2-10, it's not going to be very good, is it? (But) 3-9, a little bit better; 4-8, OK, that shows signs; 5-7, OK, things are getting better; 6-6, they start building a statue. But that really is the perspective. Realistically, if I said to you right now, ‘OK, let's throw it out, we got four games left, let's say the last third of the season we go 3-1. If we ended up 5-7, what would you think? This 2-6 is not what they're going to be remembered by.”
After visiting OSU Saturday, the Jayhawks are home to face West Virginia, visit Iowa State and close the season in Lawrence against Kansas State.
“They're going to be remembered by what happens down the stretch here,” Weis said of his team. “That's their legacy. Their legacy isn't where they are two-thirds of their way into the season. I think that is clearly the way our team is looking at it.
“They're clearly looking to go to Oklahoma State to get the first of that four-leg streak going.”
HEISMAN HOUSE TOUR VISITS STILLWATER
Just in time for the 1988 team reunion and the 25th anniversary of Barry Sanders' Heisman Trophy winning season, the Heisman House Tour arrives Saturday with an appearance outside Boone Pickens Stadium.
Sanders, along with ESPN's Neil Everett, will participate in an interview session from noon to 12:30, then a meet-and-greet with fans from 12:30 to 1:30. The Heisman House will be set up outside Express Gates 9-12, on the northeast corner, and will open at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
Barnett on the Cowboys defense:“We built this brotherhood together. You can really say our house is built on rocks right now. Everything is together. We're together. We run off together. We come on together. Time outs, whatever, we're together. There's no individuals on our defense at this time.”