During his Monday press conference, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy dodged the importance of Bedlam.
Saturday, he did so again, even though his team lost an opportunity to win a second Big 12 title in three years and stamp this series with their in-state rival as potentially swaying.
“Ultimately, they all count as one,” said Gundy, who fell to 1-8 against OU as a head coach. “Every game we play counts as one. If not, we'd have gotten two credits for Texas and three credits for Baylor, because they were third in the country.
“They only count as one.”
His fans may agree. And his players – past and present – certainly spill over with their passion for Bedlam.
Now, Gundy made the point that it's a game he's all in to win. Yet he's just not going to admit any more frustration for losing it than he does for any other game.
“I'll wake up in the middle of the night, and realize we lost and be sad,” Gundy said. “And wake up in the morning and realize we lost and I'll be sad.
“Then I'll go do my job and come back and start coaching again. There's that level of frustrating, but not frustration at what these guys are putting into the team.”
COWBOYS MUST MOVE ON
Understandably, OSU's players were dejected following Saturday's loss.
On the doorstep of a second Big 12 championship in many of their careers, the Cowboys went down in dramatic fashion, going ahead in the final minutes and losing in the final seconds.
The locker room: “Quiet,” said senior safety Daytawion Lowe.
Said sophomore cornerback Kevin Peterson: “You put in the work all week. Especially all year, up to this point, to be able to play in these types of situations. And we fell short. So that happening, it hurts. Especially with all the seniors on the team. Got a lot of leadership on the team.
“Falling short like we did, it digs deep.”
The Cowboys said they'll learn their bowl destination Sunday, take their time off in the coming days and rebound.
Still, losing back-to-back Bedlam games – one in overtime and then like this – will take some time to get over.
“Both games were roller-coaster rides,” said OSU offensive lineman Parker Graham. “We thought we had the game in the bag and for whatever reason, it didn't work out for us.
“That happens in life. You have to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and move on to the next one. We're fortunate to have one. So whatever bowl game they assign us to, we'll be pumped to go to.”
QUAKE FELT INSIDE BPS
Just before the snap on Ben Grogan's 41-yard field goal in the second quarter, many inside Boone Pickens Stadium felt a rumble.
It wasn't a roar of the crowd.
It was a 4.5 magnitude earthquake, centered northwest of Jones and felt across the state.
The Cowboys kicker wasn't affected, as he connected, giving OSU a 10-7 lead at the time.
WEBB'S FATHER COMES THROUGH
One of 28 seniors celebrated before Saturday's game, OSU's Brandon Webb had hoped to convince his father Terry to wear orange onto the field for Senior Day festivities.
Terry, an All-American at OU in the 70s, while supportive of his son, has had an aversion to orange and OSU gear during his Brandon's time as a Cowboy.
Alas, dad came through.
“We talked it over and he said he would do it for me on this day,” Brandon said after the game. “He did it for me. I'm proud of him. I know it hurt him a little bit, probably, but I'm proud of him.”
Terry wore a bright orange sweatshirt from the Heart of Dallas Bowl last season, as well as an OSU stocking cap.
“I think he looked good in it,” Brandon said.
* Saturday's crowd of 58,520 was a record high for a Bedlam game in Stillwater. The previous best was 58,141 in 2011.
* The loss snapped OSU's nine-game winning streak at home, dating back to last year's Texas game.
* The Cowboys' 99-yard touchdown drive in the opening quarter was their second of that distance this season and their fourth of 90-plus. OSU also went 99 yards for a score against Baylor.
* OSU finished with 400 yards of offense – 200 rushing and 200 passing. It was the ninth time to reach 400 this season.
* Cowboys junior Desmond Roland finished with 144 rushing yards, his third 100-yard rushing game this season.
* OSU's captains Saturday: seniors Graham, Kye Staley, Caleb Lavey and Connor Sinko.