The Oklahoma Sooners welcomed the Oklahoma State Cowboys to Norman for the first time in three seasons for the big Bedlam matchup on Nov. 24. The two teams fought back and forth and the Sooners needed overtime to overcome their in-state rivals, 51-48.
With the win, the Sooners now head into the last weekend of the season with hopes for the Big 12 Championship. If Oklahoma beats TCU and Texas can upset Kansas State, the Sooners can still win the Big 12 title and head into a BCS bowl game.
At the start, it looked like the Sooners looked fantastic on their opening drive, but OSU earned a moral victory when they stopped the Sooners in the red zone to force a field goal attempt. The turning point of the drive came when the Sooners’ momentum was stopped when Bob Stoops sent in Blake Bell on a second down play, despite Landry Jones and the running game moving the ball well. When Jones came in on third down, he threw his first incompletion of the game and OU missed the field goal.
Blake Bell played a key role in this game, both for the good and the bad. The backup quarterback has been one of the Sooners’ biggest weapons for two straight seasons, but in this game, he was almost a distraction, breaking up the Sooners’ momentum when he came in three times in the game. The second instance led to a fumble.
After the two teams exchanged three-and-outs, OSU put the first points on the board. Quarterback Cliff Chelf started the first game of his college career and looked like he fit right in. Chelf completed 19-of-37 in the game for 253 yards, one touchdown and one interception. HE also ran 12 times for 63 yards.
On his second drive of the game, Chelf ran for 52 yards on the drive and the drive ended with Joseph Randle running in from one yard out for his first touchdown of the game. The reliable Randle finished the game with 113 rushing yards and scored a game-high four touchdowns.
On the Sooners next drive, Landry Jones threw his only interception of the game to Lyndell Johnson, a bad pass of his back foot, and the Cowboys followed up with Randle’s second touchdown of the game. With the Cowboys up 14-0, it looked like the Sooners were in a lot of trouble.
Both teams exchanged field goals and then the Sooners turned things up in the second quarter with a big drive. OU was able to overcome a fumble by Blake Bell and Landry Jones came back in to throw a nice 14-yard touchdown pass to Trey Millard for the Sooners first touchdown of the game.
An Aaron Colvin interception on the next drive put the Sooners in position to score again. Landry Jones took a hard hit on his ribs but returned after only missing one plat to throw a nice nine-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders to tie the game up at 17.
On the play that Jones took the hit, he also became the Big 12’s all-time leading passer. Jones finished the game with 46 completions on 71 attempts for 500 yards and three touchdowns.
Oklahoma State answered with another Randle touchdown and then Oklahoma roared right back as Landry Jones threw a touchdown to Kenny Stills to send the game into the half, tied at 24.
The second half opened with a bang, as Oklahoma State scored on their first play of the game with Chelf threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Josh Stewart to put OSU back on top 31-24.
OU answered with a field goal and then stopped the Cowboys, giving them a chance to take the lead. Unfortunately, this is when Blake Bell came back in and Brennan Clay fumbled the handoff to give OSU the ball back. The Cowboys capitalized by driving down the field for Randle’s fourth touchdown of the game. This put OSU up 38-27 and things were starting to look bad for the Sooners.
OU kicked another field goal and then ended the third quarter with a big time sack by Aaron Colvin that ended up forcing OSU to punt to start off the fourth quarter. Jalen Saunders took the punt and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown. Landry Jones came in and threw a successful two-point conversion to tie the game up at 38.
The two teams started blitzing more and exchanged possessions before OSU scored again. The drive included 46 rushing yards from Joseph Randle while Jeremy Smith ran for 17. J.W. Walsh came in to replace Chelf and ran in for a two yard touchdown run to put OSU up 45-38.
Oklahoma tried to answer by driving down the field but OSU started putting pressure on the Sooners and OU gave up the ball on downs. OSU went three-and-out and OU got the ball back with 6:18 remaining.
Oklahoma drove down the field behind 10-of-13 passing by Landry Jones and ended up with a fourth-and-one on the four yard line with just over four seconds left. Blake Bell came back into the game and scored from four yards out to tie the game, 45-45, which sent the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys into overtime.
Oklahoma State got the ball first in overtime. Clint Chelf completed two of four passes and Joseph Randle ran for three yards. They ended up having to kick a 26-yard field goal for the first points of overtime to put OSU up 48-45,
Oklahoma then got their chance and it only took two plays, a Trey Millard seven yard run and a Brennan Clay 18 yard touchdown score to give OU the win, 51-48 over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
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