If it was Brennan Presley’s last OSU game, he isn’t saying

If it was Brennan Presley’s last OSU game, he isn’t saying

Senior receiver Brennan Presley is among the handful of Cowboys who started both of OSU’s Big 12 Championship games. He said both were heartbreaking. If the defeat against Texas was his final Big 12 game, he was able to reflect on it in a different light than when he was sick in 2021.

Sam Hutchens

By Sam Hutchens

| Dec 2, 2023, 6:16pm CST

Sam Hutchens

By Sam Hutchens

Dec 2, 2023, 6:16pm CST

ARLINGTON, Texas — Senior Oklahoma State receiver Brennan Presley will remember most of Saturday’s Big 12 Championship Game.

That’s an improvement from last time. 

In 2021, when OSU played Baylor in the title game, Presley played while fighting a respiratory illness. The night before, he was light on sleep and heavy on IV’s. He said he doesn’t remember too much from the last-second loss to the Bears.

He just knows he doesn’t feel any different after OSU’s 49-21 loss to Texas.

“It’s the same thing,” Presley said. “Heartbreak. You put all your time, basically your whole year for this day. It’s heartbreak whether you lose by an inch or however much we lost by today.”

Presley had a team-high 93 receiving yards and the Cowboys’ first touchdown. He led Oklahoma State with 15 targets. Combined, his teammates had 20. It was an unsurprising workload for the 5-foot-8 slot receiver whose 85 catches lead the team by 32.

“B.P. is an elite player,” quarterback Alan Bowman said. “He’s almost unguardable. To find him as many times as we can, we’re going to be better on offense.”

Presley’s ability mattered minimally on Saturday. Texas scored touchdowns on its first four drives and turned the red-hot start into a rout. Neither Presley’s diving touchdown snag with 5:38 in the first quarter nor receiver Rashod Owens’ two touchdown catches later on made much of a dent.

Presley said postgame he was disappointed in himself. He didn’t work all offseason to merely play in the Big 12 title game and will reflect on missed opportunities like when Texas’ Malik Muhammad stymied his slant route on third-and-six with 10:41 in the first quarter.

He said he’ll remember today’s excitement of getting a play call he likes in the huddle, and the jokes with Rashod Owens that only they find funny.

“I’ve seen interviews of people saying they regret making it to the Super Bowl and stuff like that and then not celebrating how far they made it,” Presley said. “As much as it hurts right now, it’s not the end. Life still goes on. This is just the start of a really bad day.”

Despite walking during the senior day festivities last week against BYU, Presley is eligible to return next season. He said he’s undecided and is more focused about being around his teammates and preparing for a bowl game.

Coach Mike Gundy said he plans to give his players the next seven or eight days off instead of the usual four.  It’s been a wild ride for the Big 12 runner-ups who beat Oklahoma and were blown out by South Alabama, UCF and Texas.

“Just the way the season went, the roller coaster, the waves of emotion, I think this is a season that a lot of us will remember for good reasons and bad reasons,” Presley said.

And if he does come back to bolster OSU’s receiving corps next season, joining Owens and a healthy De’Zhaun Stribling?

“We have the ability to be really great,” Presley said.

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Sam Hutchens covers Oklahoma State sport for Sellout Crowd. He interned for The Stillwater News Press in 2021 and The Guthrie News Leader in 2022, where he won a first-place OPA award for in-depth reporting. He has also covered sports in southwest Oklahoma for The Lawton Constitution. He strives to tell you the OSU sports stories that you want to tell your friends about. You can email him at [email protected] and connect on Twitter (X) @Sam_Hutchens_

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