Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon goes for the extra "photo juice" by holding the ball out for all to see before crossing the goal line. He fumbles and the ball rolls through the end zone for a touchback.
New York Post media critic Phil Mushnick loved every second of it. He writes: "Incredible, impossible — if not for the fact such absurdities now occur every weekend, high school, college and pro."
The Pacific 12 announced Tuesday night that it would remain a 12-team league, ending the expansion talk that included Big 12 members Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
It's the second year in a row Pac-12 had flirted with the four schools and like last year, the deal-breaker was Texas' reluctance to share revenue from the Longhorn Network. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is said to have met last weekend with officials from Texas, but the Longhorns' financial demands simply did not fit into Scott's "culture of equality."
That left Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as possible additions, but with little discussion it was determined that expanding to 14 teams was awkward and not financially worthwhile.
An earlier report had Oklahoma demanding the ouster of Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, pictured above, as part of a deal to keep the Sooners in the league. But when the Pac-12 slammed the door, Oklahoma appeared to lose its bargaining chip. For the time being, Beebe still has a job.
Imagine telling your wife or girlfriend that you would be home late because the start of Saturday's Oklahoma State-Tulsa game, which you planned to attend, was 9:10 p.m. (Central).
Chances are you had some serious explaining to do. The game didn't end until 3:35 a.m. Sunday.
Shortly after the National Anthem, officials from the National Weather Service advised Tulsa officials that severe weather was about to descend on the Golden Hurricanes' H.A. Chapman Stadium. The teams were ordered to leave the field and fans were advised to seek shelter. All but one did.
Heavy rain and cloud-to-ground lightning arrived at 9:15 and the wait began. Fox Sports Net announcers J.C. Pearson, above left, and Ron Thulin kept viewers updated on conditions, and their frustrations grew as the delay passed the two-hour mark.
The Wiz of Odds is conducting a comprehensive study of bowl game expense reports. All of the data collected — expense reports for 56 teams and bowl surveys for 40 teams — are being posted on the site. Here is the latest installment. For an overview of the project, click here.
The Alamo Bowl, played in San Antonio, is operated by the nonprofit San Antonio Bowl Association Inc. The first game was played in 1993.
2010 participants: Arizona and Oklahoma State.
Arizona report: Total expenses reportedly were $1.42 million with the biggest chunk ($552,375 or 38.6 percent) coming from 6,424 absorbed tickets. Other expenses included Federal Express ($2,410) and credit card fees ($2,392). Download Arizona Expenses
Survey: Athletic director Greg Byrne rated his level of satisfaction as "neutral" when answering if his institution — the team and university officials — received an adequate amount of complimentary tickets to social events.
When asked what areas needed improvement, he wrote, "The band rental field was a bit pricey and given the timing, probably unnecessary." Download Arizona Survey
Oklahoma State expenses: The Cowboys reported 3,505 tickets absorbed at a cost of $248,075. Total reported expenses were $1.38 million. An unusually high $344,793 was reported for administrative costs. Download Oklahoma State Expenses
Survey: Athletic director Mike Holder indicated he was "dissatisfied" with the location of Alamodome seats for Cowboy fans. "Hard to sell tickets to fans when they can get a much better location on the Internet," he wrote.
Holder was also "dissatisfied" on the number of complimentary tickets to social events.
Regarding areas of improvement, he wrote: "Bowl needs to provide hospitality room and games for student athletes and coaches. There was too long of a cooling off period for the team before kickoff." Download Oklahoma State Survey
Oklahoma State megabooster T. Boone Pickens hasn't recovered from watching his Cowboys get bludgeoned by Mississippi in the Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl, a fiasco that saw Oklahoma State turn the ball over seven times. Midway through the fourth quarter, Pickens was spotted packing his belongings and heading for the door at Cowboys Stadium.
Pickens has invested $250 million in the program and has yet to see a fair rate of return. The Cowboys haven't had a 10-win season since 1988 and — worse yet — coach Mike Gundy is 0-10 against Texas and Oklahoma, losing to the Longhorns, 41-14, and Sooners, 27-0, in 2009.
The man is frustrated.
"That day I gave the money I said I knew we're not going to win every game," Pickens told Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World. "I'm tired of leaving the stadium with my head down. And I darn sure had my head down after the game in Norman and after the Cotton Bowl. I'm 82, so I'm not on the 20-year [rebuilding] plan.
"Gundy has assembled a good staff, our program is stronger and our recruiting is better. But the Big 12 South is a tough place to hang out."