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.