“We knew that we had to dominate them,” Blatnick said, “to get a shot back at getting in the national championship.”
Ah, yes, the BCS national championship game. When Saturday dawned, the college football world assumed that LSU and Alabama were destined for the Big Bowl. Thing is, no one expected the Cowboys to throttle the Sooners.
Now, who wouldn't want to see LSU vs. OSU?
Miles vs. Gundy?
Geaux Tigers vs. Orange Power?
But regardless of happens Sunday night when the bowl selections are announced, nothing can take away from what happened Saturday night.
Oh, the splendor of it all.
“It's phenomenal,” said Cowboy defensive coordinator Bill Young, an OSU alum who has been a Cowboy assistant in three different decades. “I've been a part of two co-champions. It's really nice to win it outright and to beat a really, really good Oklahoma football team.
“That's really a thrill.”
Maybe the fans would've poured onto the field by the thousands regardless of who the Cowboys had dismantled, but you can be sure that breaking an eight-game Bedlam losing streak didn't hurt.
They stormed to the middle of the field and merged into one gigantic mosh pit with the players. They headed to the west end zone next, climbing on the goal posts, rocking them back and forth before finally bringing them down. They turned their attention to the east end zone next, bringing down those goal posts much faster.
“I might've helped them a little bit,” Cowboy running back Joe Randle joked.
Blatnick said, “It was pretty chaotic at first. I kind of got a little nervous, but everyone's so happy. It was just a great atmosphere.”
Great night. Great victory. Great champion.
The waiting is over, Cowboys.