As Justin Blackmon remained face down on the turf for a few brief moments Saturday, apparently in pain, the unthinkable crossed quarterback Brandon Weeden's mind.
â€œI would say it, but I'd cuss,â€ Weeden said.
Weeden had plenty of company Monday, as word spread that Blackmon was wearing a boot and on crutches, the result of a sprained ankle suffered in Saturday's 48-14 rout of Kansas.
Only precautionary, a source told The Oklahoman, as is often the case with such injuries. Blackmon's participation in practices early this week could be limited, but the nation's leading receiver in yards and touchdowns is expected to play against Oklahoma on Saturday, the source said.
The injury occurred during the third quarter at KU, when his ankle was rolled up after making a catch and run. Blackmon did return, however, and later caught a touchdown pass.
After the game, he walked without any noticeable limp.
For a moment Saturday â€” and more moments Monday â€” there was concern.
â€œI was hoping he got the breath knocked out of him or something like that,â€ Weeden said of seeing Blackmon down. â€œHe was fine. He got up and played in the game, played well. He's a tough kid. He loves playing football. He'll battle through anything.â€
BRANDON WEEDEN'S BEDLAM BIG-GAME FLASHBACK
Weeden recalled playing one night in Boone Pickens Stadium â€” then Lewis Field â€” when it seemed like the entire city of Stillwater celebrated.
The Cowboys quarterback was actually in an Edmond Santa Fe uniform, battling Jenks in a Class 6A semifinal game. Down the road in Norman, OSU was upsetting the Sooners, 16-13.
â€œI remember we were playing, it was like the third quarter,â€ Weeden said, â€œand I remember Stillwater just erupting. I was like, â€˜What in the world?' We found out OSU ended up winning.
â€œ(People were) screaming. Bennett Hall was going crazy. It just sounded like they were in the stadium. It was amazing.â€
Weeden found the irony in the arrival of this week's Bedlam clash.
â€œThe last huge game I played in,â€ Weeden said. â€œWe got beat, though. I don't want to do that again Saturday.â€
OU'S SPEED-UP OFFENSE SIMILAR TO WHAT OSU SEES IN PRACTICE
The Sooners have repeatedly burned teams that haven't adjusted to their fast-paced style, which features quick snaps and quick passes to receivers who take advantage of slow-reacting defenses.
For the Cowboys, it's a lot like they've seen in practices.
Still, practice time and game time are different, and Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young recognizes challenge ahead. And it begins with the basics.
â€œGetting lined up,â€ Young said. â€œThey run a real high-tempo offense in that they're going to snap the football real fast. Once the whistle blows, they're at the line of scrimmage getting ready for the next play.
â€œYou've got to get your calls in. You've got to get your substitutions made. And everybody's got to be on the same page. It's a tempo you don't normally see. Fortunately, our offense does something similar, so we've seen some of that.â€
GUNDY MAKES UN-SUPERSTITIOUS CALL ON BLACK UNIFORMS
Cowboys coach Mike Gundy has said he's rid himself of superstitions that once ruled his routine.
Saturday, he dared the football gods with his team, going against the grain with black-themed alternative uniforms.
â€œSomebody brought it up,â€ said Gundy. â€œThey said, â€˜You can't wear the black pants because you've won all your road games wearing orange pants.'
â€œWe wanted to wear black just to show the players it doesn't make a different what you wear. It has nothing to do with the game.â€