When Kansas State snapped its second-down play on the final drive of Saturday night's 52-45 Cowboys win, five seconds remained.
After Collin Klein's pass into the end zone fell incomplete, one second somehow still remained. And that meant one more play and a mountain of more anxiety.
“I thought it was a nightmare,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “I looked up there and there and I thought, ‘What?'”
So much for home-field advantage.
“It's like the old high school clock operator,” Gundy said. “I mean, surely somebody could have let that run off. I can promise you, if we were at Midwest City, there would not have been one second left.”
Of course, Gundy knows that the home clock operator is a thing of the past in the Big 12, which now flies in an official to handle operations of the clock.
“And that's why,” Gundy said. “Other than that, I promise you, time's expired.
“That was like the ultimate downer. Everybody was like, ‘Really, we've got another second?'”
Gundy said there was a good chance that receiver Josh Cooper (hamstring) and running back Jeremy Smith (hand) would be ready for Saturday's game at Texas Tech. Both were held out against Kansas State.
Receiver Michael Harrison (ankle) and safety Deion Imade (knee) will be monitored throughout the week and have not been ruled out.
For the second time this season, Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden picked up Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Weeden set a school record by passing for 502 yards in Saturday's 52-45 win over No. 17 Kansas State. Weeden completed 36-of-46 passes (.782 pct.) with four touchdowns. And he engineered three crucial scoring drives in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Edmond senior is also a finalist for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week and Capital One Impact Performer of the Week Awards, and was recognized as a Manning Award Star of the Week.