PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Everything about the first trip to the BCS is new for Oklahoma State.
At least one thing hasn't gone as expected. Back on Dec. 4, when the Cowboys learned their bowl destination, quarterback Brandon Weeden smiled and confessed he'd be bringing his golf clubs to Arizona.
A walk-on with Oklahoma State's storied golf team, he didn't need anybody to tell him that the Scottsdale area was a golfing hot spot.
This week, though, he was only able to squeeze in 11 holes, and two were in the dark.
Weeden, receiver Colton Chelf, quarterback Clint Chelf and receiver Josh Cooper made it out to the Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, but only got to play nine holes before the sun set over the Phoenix metroplex.
"I hit it real nice, which is why I wanted to play more," Weeden said with a laugh. "I brought my clubs thinking there’d be a lot more time as far as it goes. It’s hard to play 18 holes considering you need a four-hour gap there and two hours won’t get it done."
Such is life.
Playing in a BCS bowl is torture. For now, Weeden's focus is back on the real reason for the trip to the Valley of the Sun: Making Oklahoma State's first BCS bowl a successful one, and knocking off No. 4 Stanford.
"I’m probably done," he said, "We’re getting pretty close to game time."