While the Cowboys were botching the "Victory Formation" snap against Troy, fumbling the ball away to make it a game again, defensive coordinator Bill Young said he was shaking hands with linebacker Orie Lemon on the sideline, congratulating him for a good game.
Suddenly, there was more to come.
And when the defense got the ball right back, with Lemon recovering a fumble forced by Justin Gent, it was a head-held-high moment for everyone.
"We felt like a million bucks," said Cowboys defensive end Richetti Jones, who provided pressure on Troy quarterback Corey Robinson on the play. "We felt like we had just won the national championship or something.
"When you do something like that, that's what you work for. That's what those gassers are for in the summertime, all that extra running, that is what it's for. When the coaches are getting on you and pushing and taking everything you got, that is what it is all for, that moment right there."
KNOW THE FOE: TULSA
Tulsa's offense features three accomplished wide receivers.
Senior Charles Clay and junior Damaris Johnson have both surpassed 2,000 yards receiving for their careers and senior Trae Johnson needs just 20 more yards to join them.
That means TU will soon have three of its 14 players in history to reach 2,000 on the same roster.
For Cowboys wideout Tracy Moore, the game against Tulsa carries extra meaning.
Not only is he from Tulsa and was recruited by Tulsa, but Moore's cousin, true freshman DeWitt Jennings is a backup safety with the Golden Hurricane.
"The family plays it out very well," Moore said. "You hear a lot of stuff form both sides. Ever since my cousin committed (to TU), he's been talking all about it. My mom and his mom.
"It's been going back and forth between the family every time we see them."
And what if Moore and Jennings see each other on the field, say with Moore running through the secondary?
"We'll just have to find out," Moore said. "He's a pretty strong guy, but I'm a lot bigger than he is, so we'll see."
SHARING NO. 1
Through two games, two Cowboys -- running back Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Justin Blackmon -- are tied for the NCAA scoring lead, along with Oregon running back Kenjon Barner.
All three players have six touchdowns.
The Cowboys have already played 12 true freshmen, putting them among the nation's leaders in that category.
Only four teams -- Florida (15), Air Force (13) and Florida State (13) -- have played more first-year freshmen.
Seven of the 12 freshmen who have played for OSU are listed among this week's two-deep.
All are backups: running back Joseph Randle, defensive tackle Davidell Collins, linebackers Shaun Lewis and Tyler Johnson, cornerbacks Devin Hedgepeth and Justin Gilbert and safety Deion Imade.