NCAA Game Summary - Oklahoma at Oklahoma State|
(Saturday, December 3rd)
Final Score: (3) Oklahoma State 44, (13) Oklahoma 10
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Oklahoma State gave voters something to
think about with a sublime performance against the Sooners Saturday night.
The third-ranked Cowboys, needing a dominating victory in their regular-season
finale to have any shot at playing for a national title, got just that with a
44-10 throttling of No. 13 Oklahoma in a de facto Big 12 title game.
Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith ran for a combined 270 yards and four
touchdowns -- three coming in the first half -- as the hosts jumped out to a
commanding 24-0 lead.
The second half was more of the same as the Cowboys convincingly captured
their first conference title since 1976, snapped an eight-game losing streak
to their in-state rival and brought some excitement to the final BCS standings
to be revealed on Sunday.
Oklahoma State (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) held the No. 2 slot in the BCS standings
before falling to Iowa State in double overtime on November 18. Since then,
Alabama moved into the coveted spot behind top-ranked LSU.
A rematch between the Tigers and Crimson Tide for the BCS title appeared
inevitable, but Oklahoma State made a strong case for consideration by holding
the Sooners 33 points below their season average in the latest installment of
the Bedlam Series.
"I don't think that there's any question that Oklahoma State should play in
the big game," Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy said confidently. "After what
they accomplished tonight and the way they did it against the No. 10 team in
the country, I don't think there's any question they deserve an opportunity to
play for it all."
Brandon Weeden completed 24-of-36 passes for 217 yards, 95 going to Justin
Blackmon on 10 receptions for the Cowboys' top playmaker.
Landry Jones committed four of Oklahoma's (9-3, 6-3) five turnovers, with two
interceptions and two fumbles, one of which Richetti Jones returned five yards
for a touchdown early in the third quarter.
"You can't put it on anyone but me tonight. I single handedly lost this game
for us," Landry Jones said. "That's just the way it is. I had the ball in my
hands and coach put the ball in my hands to win the game, and I lost it for
Tracy Moore set up Smith's nine-yard touchdown run with a 53-yard reception
early in the opening frame.
On the next possession, Brodrick Brown came down with an interception in the
end zone by wrestling the ball away from Jaz Reynolds.
Quinn Sharp capped the ensuing 11-play, 72-yard drive with a 25-yard field
goal, and it stayed 10-0 until the Cowboys turned another Landry Jones mistake
into points late in the second quarter.
On 3rd-and-6 from the Oklahoma State 19-yard line, Landry Jones was flushed
out of the pocket by Alex Elkins and tried throwing the ball away to preserve
field position. The ball, however, slipped out of his hand before he started
his throwing motion, and Jamie Blatnick returned the loose ball 59 yards
before getting dragged down just before the goal line.
On the next play, Randle took it up the middle for a one-yard score with 4:39
remaining in the half.
The Sooners proceeded with a three-and-out, and a quick seven-play, 43-yard
drive ended with Randle going in from two yards out for a 24-0 cushion.
Michael Hunnicutt banked in a 48-yard field goal off the right upright to get
Oklahoma on the board just before the intermission.
Sharp countered with a 37-yard field goal three minutes into the second half,
and Richetti Jones' touchdown on the next play essentially put the game out of
Smith ran for a seven-yard touchdown and Sharp booted a 34-yarder later in the
third, and Oklahoma's Blake Bell ran for a 28-yard touchdown in the final
minutes to account for the final margin.
"We did what we could do tonight, and that's all we can do. It's up to the
voters now," Blackmon said.
This was the first time Oklahoma State posted 11 wins in the regular
season..Oklahoma could have caused a three-way tie atop the conference with a
win...The Cowboys outgained the Sooners, 495-358.
12/04 03:30:37 ET