As the celebration continued Saturday night after the game, in the Oklahoma State locker room underneath the West End Zone of Boone Pickens Stadium, the music blared and both Mason Rudolph, this week's Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, and his quarterback tandem sidekick J.W. Walsh admitted they had no idea of the song that was playing.
It sounded like some mix of hip hop and pop collaboration and Walsh said, "maybe James knows what it is," gesturing to Cowboys wide receiver James Washington. Washington shook his head and said, "no idea." Washington may not catch the name of the up-to-date locker room tunes but he can catch a pass pretty darn well.
"We put in extra work this week after some of the drops at Texas Tech," Washington said. "It is a pride thing, we want to catch all of them."
Wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn did have the receivers staying late and working on catching deep passes. Whether or not James Washington needed the extra work or not you can say now it worked out well. Washington's three touchdown catches adding up to 172 yards toasted the Texas Christian secondary.
"First off, you have to give Coach Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys a lot of credit. They kicked our butts. You can’t give up big plays, and you can’t turn the ball over," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said after the game. "If you do that, you’re not going to win big ballgames. They had 30 plays and 28 points in the first half.
"We fought our ways back into it. Basically, the defense gave up one touchdown in the second half, but it was too late. You have to score and get yourself back into things. I give them all the credit. They scored 70 last week. I wasn’t surprised by any of it, and I knew they were going to keep going at us. I would’ve done the same thing they did. That’s their job. They scored and they tried to double-reverse pass, and when you play our offense you need to keep going until there’s no time left. I would do the same thing."
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich agreed with head coach Mike Gundy about the advantage the Cowboys held on the outside in the matchup with the Pokes wide receivers and the Frogs corners. Washington was a big part of that coming off the kind of game he had the week before in the 70-53 win at Texas Tech.
"He's put together two tremendous games, back-to-back. That's the big thing is that he's consistent," Yurcich said. "The thing is, if they double cover him, somebody else has single coverage, and we said earlier in the week, we have to find the single coverage matchups and throw to the one-on-one. Our guys are going to win those a majority of the time. That's where we have to go with the ball.
"We felt good in the game plan, going with some longer shots. You never know how it's going to unfold, but the game plan was to, obviously at times, throw the ball – they were playing too tight, throw the ball down the field. That was always the game plan, and we thought going into the week that would be a big part of it."
Washington may not be able to rattle off the latest hip music for locker room play lists but his play list on the field right now is really exciting with better tempo than anything on the music charts right now.