I love graphic representations of information. After having depicted RRR in charts the past week (a fairly humbling experience unless you're prepared to dwell on the 1960s), I'm happy to provide some comparable information as we lead in to the Oklahoma State game. Since we enter with a 22-3 record and we completely dominate in points whether you begin with our first game against the Cowboys in 1916 or with the first game in Big XII action from the mid-1990s, it's generally a much more pleasant experience drawing graphs and charts. You see some wild swings, and I'd like to add some information on a quarter by quarter basis if for no other reason than to relish some of the comebacks--which easily have to rank among the greatest in Longhorn history--against the Cowboys. The 2004 game against OSU stands out as maybe the greatest of the great. Isn't that the year that Vince pump faked 30 yards past the line of scrimmage en route to a TD run in what had to be the most thrilling comeback in the history of Longhorns sports? (Was that really 7 seasons ago?) Then there's Colt in Stillwater. Simply astounding. Can you say snakebit?
Okay, so on to the troubling part. We are in uncharted waters here. All signs point to a second straight loss to the Cowboys on Saturday. I choose to hope and believe that we will defy the odds and win on Saturday, but if we lose, there simply will be no precedent here from a historical perspective. Or at least none of which I am aware. We lost to the Cowboys in 2010, 1997, and 1944. Now I will say this: we lost bad in both 97 and 2010. Our loss in 97 followed a drubbing we put on the Cowboys in 96 (71-14) that is almost inexplicable (I was in NYC at the time and don't remember it).
Again, I'd be happy with a close hard fought game where I saw some blood and guts and beer, even if we lost. It would give me hope for 2012. In the meantime I'll revel in the charts, the dominating points margin we currently enjoy, and I'll pretend that last year was an anomaly.
I may follow up with some quarterly data. In the meantime, remember that our starting quarterback is 10 YEARS YOUNGER THAN OSU'S QUARTERBACK... How bizarre is that. And he's not even a Mormon.