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.”
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