ARLINGTON, Texas — Emmanuel Ogbah learned a lesson Saturday night in Oklahoma State’s 37-31 loss to No. 1 Florida State, but he also walked away with memories he will never forget.
Ogbah, a defensive end, emerged as OSU’s defensive star after making six tackles, recording two sacks and breaking up two passes.
One of Ogbah’s two sacks on FSU quarterback Jameis Winston — the defending Heisman Trophy winner — was particulary memorable as Ogbah easily broke through the offensive line to deliver a square hit on Winston’s upper body.
“It felt great,” Ogbah said. “Not a lot of people get to say they hit a Heisman Trophy winner because most of them leave to the NFL, so I felt great that I did what I did.”
Later, Ogbah jumped to deflect a pass and narrowly missed an interception. In reaction, he leapt up and down with such force that his knee buckled. Ogbah was down for at least a minute, but ran off the field and returned on OSU’s next series.
“I’ll be all right,” Ogbah said. “I think I learned my lesson.”
PETERSON, LAMPKIN PUT IN WORK
With a secondary full of young players, OSU corners Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin got put to work Saturday.
Both were on the field for nearly the entire game.
“I was really tired and told coach I had to get out,” Peterson said. “It was like two, three plays. After that, no, I didn’come off.”
Lampkin was on the field for all but one defensive play. For him, the biggest takeaway will be learning to limit penalties without sacrificing aggression. Lampkin was called for two defensive holdings and one instance of pass interference.
“I’m an aggressive corner,” he said. “That’s what they teach here. I’m just going to have to get in the film room with Kevin, just look at a lot of things we did and correct ourselves. He’ll correct me and I’ll correct him.”
COWBOYS GETTING USED TO HEARTBREAK
The loss to Florida State makes it three consecutive games in which the Cowboys have lost in nail-biting fashion.
The Cowboys ended the 2013 regular season with a 33-24 loss to Oklahoma.
OU scored to go ahead in that game with 19 seconds left, and recovered an OSU fumble to score again as time expired.
The Cowboys then fell to Missouri in the Cotton Bowl by a score of 41-31 when Michael Sam forced a fumble that the Tigers returned for a touchdown with 55 seconds left.
“We have to find a way to finish,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “As coaches, we got to look, we got to research, come up with a way. Myself, it starts with me, staff, and all the way down to the players.”
ROLAND LEAVES GAME
OSU running back Desmond Roland’s tough day got tougher when he left the game and headed to the locker room in the second half with an undisclosed injury.
Roland gained only 28 yards on 12 carries, but did punch in a touchdown on a goal-line carry.
PICKENS HAPPY TO PLAY FSU
OSU megabooster Boone Pickens stopped by the press box Saturday to offer his thoughts on the state of the Cowboys program.
Among his thoughts: Pickens said he is happy that OSU has evolved to the point it can play in marquee games such as Saturday’s Advocare Cowboys Classic agaisnt the Seminoles.
“Two or three years ago, I said in the nonconference I want to play some real football teams,” Pickens said. “Not Savannah State. So we’re playing a real football team. We’ve tied into a real big one.
“I’m in (AT&T Stadium) quite a bit, because I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan. What a great place to start for us. You go back 10 years, and you’d have said ‘You guys are going to start at AT&T Stadium’ – which it wasn’t then – ‘and you’ll open against Florida State, the No. 1 team in college football,’ I would say it would seem unlikely.”