STILLWATER, Okla. - There's a sign when you enter the home of Oklahoma State.
It says, "Where Oklahoma begins."
It is also where West Virginia University's football season ended for all intents and purposes.
As the Mountaineers fell 55-34 to OSU, they did so in a way that left the 57,799 at Boone Pickens Stadium in stitches.
Yes, WVU proved game, rallying at points and closing to within four at one point in the third quarter. But by falling to 5-4, again not securing a bowl berth, and losing by 21 to a middle-of-the-pack Big 12 team, West Virginia sealed its label as the season's biggest national second-half flop.
It's one thing to fall off the table, though. It's another to do so in embarrassing fashion. And Dana Holgorsen's team was being laughed at Saturday.
Especially in the area of special teams. Simply put, the late Dick Clark would have had an easy time putting together one of his bloopers shows.
At first, the crowd was simply electrified when OSU's Justin Gilbert returned his fifth kickoff in his career for a score. Went 96 yards.
Then came the comic relief.
On a kickoff to WVU, the ball bounced off Andrew Buie's helmet and another Mountaineer. Nico Ornelas recovered for the home team at the Mountaineer 14.
Next was a Tavon Austin gaffe. He waved off his teammates on a rolling punt - then tried to grab it himself. He didn't and OSU's Teddy Johnson recovered, giving OSU possession at the WVU 12.
The laughs just kept on coming.
On a punt to Oklahoma State, WVU's Nana Kyermeh was in perfect position to catch and down the ball at the 1-yard line. He allowed the ball to bounce - into the end zone.
If WVU's special-teams performance were a sitcom, no laugh track would have been needed. The crowd in attendance provided the giggles.
But it wasn't just the special teams. There was Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith spying a soft OSU defensive box and trying to hand off to Buie, his tailback, on the first series - and bobbling it. There was Smith knocking down Buie. At the end, Smith tried to get a pass 2 yards to Buie as protection broke down. It was knocked down by a Cowboys lineman.
WVU tried squib kicks - and couldn't even execute those correctly.
It was as if the Mountaineers were trying to get an early jump on the holidays by passing out gifts. Gifts that made the fans here happy and, certainly, their fans in the Mountain State blush.