NORMAN — The NCAA wants you to know OU's 2005 Holiday Bowl win over Oregon never happened. And neither did OU's seven other wins that year. Brittany Mosby of Norman found that funny. "They happened,” Mosby said. "Everybody knows who won. We all went to the bowl game. We all had the party. The beer's been drank. It's been put away. We won.” Well, the NCAA says the party Mosby and her friends threw was for a game nobody won. On Wednesday, the NCAA ruled OU must vacate all of its 2005 wins, essentially wiping the eight victories out of any official record books. Pending a university appeal of the sanctions, OU's official 2005 record will be 0-4. But that doesn't mean the memories for fans like Mosby will be erased. "Oh, man, that was a great one, that was a good one,” Mosby said of the party she attended the night of OU's 17-14 upset of Oregon. "Lots and lots of beer, lots and lots of ‘Oh my goodness, is it actually going to happen?' It was a good one, a good night.” Officially, parties like that one celebrated games that never happened. Neither did Clint Ingram's game-saving interception against the Ducks, nor did OU's 37-30 double-overtime win over Baylor 37-30. Those wins, according to the NCAA, are just memories that never officially happened. Roger Coley of Ft. Worth, Texas, thinks the NCAA's actions against OU were "silly.” "This is total speculation because I don't even imagine to understand what goes on in the brains of the people in the NCAA, but that was their way of sending a message that ‘We're going to do this. We could've done a lot worse,'” said Coley, who was easily able to remember OU's 42-14 win over Oklahoma State, another win that never happened. "It's better to do that than punish the players who are coming up this year and next year.” Instead of worrying about losing the eight victories from two years ago, Coley was more concerned about the loss of two scholarships. He noted that occasionally, one of the last players offered one can become a star. WWE Hall of Famer and diehard OU fan Jim Ross also was worried about the loss of two scholarships but for a different reason. The loss of two scholarships, he said, could cost two walk-ons who earned the assistance. That bothers him more than the vacating of the wins. "We've got a lot of other trophies and flags we can display,” said Ross, who owns a barbecue restaurant in Norman. "That Holiday Bowl win was nice, but it wasn't the biggest win for the university.” The university itself still contends those 2005 wins happened. On soonersports.com, the 2005 archives page still lists OU as having an 8-4 season, one that includes the bowl win over Oregon and the Bedlam win against OSU. And in the minds of many, that's probably the way it will stay. Even if those wins officially never happened.
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