Sooner football fans and players lingered long after the victory, celebrating a wild and hard-earned decision that left the crimson crowd joyous in a barbecue-Bevo sort of way.
Except it was Bedlam.
Many associated with the south side of Bedlam have fervently resisted acknowledging the series as a legitimate rivalry. Their actions, however, reveal something entirely different.
And Saturday night's scene alongside Owen Field — where players all but produced a victory lap and fans bounced and rejoiced in the stands — didn't accompany a championship or a beatdown of Mack Brown.
And the Cowboys noticed.
“I can't speak for them,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy, “but a pretty big celebration.”
Said Cowboys sophomore receiver Josh Stewart, who finished with 11 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown: “It's definitely on. And I'm here for two more years of it.”
The effort that Les Miles began, Mike Gundy (and Boone Pickens) have furthered, making the rivalry a competitive high-stakes clash with regularity. In seven of the last 10 meetings, the Cowboys have been ranked. In four of the past five games, they've scored 41 points or more.
OU's Landry Jones knows a bit about Bedlam, as one of the few quarterbacks to make four starts in the series. He's played Texas in the Cotton Bowl and faced Nebraska before its departure for the Big Ten.
“For me, this rivalry is one of the better ones,” Jones said about Bedlam Saturday night. “Last year wasn't much fun. This one is the most special for sure. This one ranks up there high.”
In truth, Jones likely speaks for all the players in the rivalry. While fans cling to the results of many decades past, players define history and tradition as what's happened lately.
And lately, this has been one heck of a rivalry, marked by high-stakes entertaining games.
Remember, it was none other than Barry Switzer who sounded warning shouts of OSU's uprising. And all last week, former Sooners Teddy Lehman and Dusty Dvoracek lamented the Cowboys status as an equal — and admitted they aren't going away.
Maybe even more telling is the mood in Stillwater, where Bedlam no longer stands as a one-game season. The Cowboys have gotten used to playing in — and winning — big games.
Bedlam, yes, but also significant others.
So when it was suggested that the Cowboys had taken some sort of step Saturday night, OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken scoffed.
“Oh, I don't see that. We didn't win the game, there is no step,” Monken said. “To me, we're a good football program. We've got a good football team. We've proven that the whole year. Unfortunately, we've found a way to lose four games. And we had a chance to win all four — we haven't.
“I hate to think we went to overtime against OU here and that put us in a category. I just think we've got a good football team. And whether it was at OU or Kansas State or Arizona or at home … no you expect to win.”