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Oklahoma State football: Season of 'what ifs' has left the Cowboys in an unknown bowl

Here's a quick countdown, in order, of the momentum shifts that turned each of the games. If OSU could have swung a pair, particularly the final two, we could be talking Cotton Bowl instead of the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Published: December 13, 2012

During an uninspired team effort, Blake Jackson dropped two sure touchdowns on a pair of drives that finished in field goals. It was an eight-point swing in a seven-point loss. And, as coach Mike Gundy bluntly put it postgame: “When you get the ball thrown to you in the end zone, you got to catch the ball. That's a fact.”

2. Texas game — Joe Bergeron's fumblegate

This was the first of two late-game, goal-line scenarios that'll haunt the Cowboys well into the future. Moments after Texas converted a do-or-die fourth down, Longhorn running back Joe Bergeron plunged in for the game-winning touchdown from two yards. Did he fumble before crossing the goal line? Did the refs fail to properly overturn the review? Maybe on both counts. But at this point, it only adds to the sting.

Oklahoma game — Belldozing through on fourth down

Imagine the Cowboys' postseason destination if Caleb Lavey wraps up Blake Bell in the backfield for a tough (but makable) tackle, clinching a Bedlam road game that OSU led throughout. We're talking about one play in a season filled with thousands. The Cowboys aren't a better or worse team, Bill Young's not a more or less qualified defensive coordinator, solely because of that failed stop. But it certainly altered the outlook for both and changed the season's entire complexion.