NCAA Game Summary - Oklahoma at Oklahoma State|
(Saturday, December 7th)
Final Score: (18) Oklahoma 33, (6) Oklahoma State 24
Stillwater, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Beating a rival is a blissful event.
Thwarting an adversary's bid at a conference championship makes the triumph
The 18th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners played spoiler on Saturday afternoon, topping
Oklahoma State by a 33-24 score in the latest edition of the Bedlam Series
while also denying the No. 6 Cowboys the Big 12 title and the conference's
automatic BCS bid.
Blake Bell, subbing for an injured Trevor Knight, threw the go-ahead, 7-yard
touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth
Oklahoma answered Desmond Roland's 1-yard touchdown run, which had given the
Cowboys a 24-20 lead a little over a minute earlier.
The decisive Oklahoma drive began with 1:46 to play and two Sterling Shepard
catches along with a defensive pass interference penalty set up a first down
at the Oklahoma State 30.
Saunders, who returned a punt for the Sooners' first touchdown, made a 13-yard
grab on 3rd-and-10 and a 10-yard Brennan Clay reception preceded the game-
On the game's final play, a desperation lateral led to an Oklahoma State
fumble that Eric Striker returned for a 3-yard touchdown.
Bell had 140 yards on 10-of-16 passing in relief of Knight, who injured his
non-throwing shoulder late in the opening half.
Clay totaled 70 yards on 24 carries for Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2 Big 12), which
defeated a Cowboys team that had won seven games in a row and snapped Oklahoma
State's home winning streak at nine games.
Clint Chelf completed 19-of-35 passes for 200 yards with a touchdown and an
interception for the Cowboys (10-2, 7-2), who needed a win to secure their
second conference title in three years and earn, in all likelihood, a spot in
the Fiesta Bowl. They will instead finish in a three-way tie for second in the
league standings, one game behind Baylor, which beat Texas in a de facto title
game later Saturday.
"I'm very proud of our players for what they've done up to this point," said
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy. "I told them that in the locker room.
I'm certainly not disappointed in them; I'm just disappointed for them because
they've been a really good group for us. They've been fun to coach and be
around and just to see how they've developed as a team. Unfortunately, we just
came up a little bit short today."
Roland rushed 21 times for 144 yards and two scores and he also caught a TD
Both teams capitalized on turnovers in the third quarter.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops initially went to Kendal Thompson at
quarterback following the injury to Knight. The redshirt sophomore was picked
off to begin the second half and the takeaway resulted in Roland's 15-yard
Later in the frame, it was Chelf's turn to throw an interception. A 37-yard
dash by Saunders on a double reverse set up a first-and-goal at the OSU 7.
Daytawion Lowe dislodged a would-be TD pass to Brannon Green on third down.
The Sooners were in formation to attempt a field goal, but ran a fake and the
holder Grant Bothun threw an 8-yard TD pass to kicker Michael Hunnicutt, tying
the game at 17-17 with 2:35 left in the third.
"I felt at that point, here we are on our third quarterback and I just thought
a field goal wasn't going to be good enough," Stoops said. "I knew we were
going to need more than that, we had a numbers advantage out to that side and
the way they were lining up and it worked out that way. Grant Bothun and
Hunnicutt executed it really well."
Hunnicutt drilled a 39-yarder to put Oklahoma up 20-17 with 10:01 to go in the
The Cowboys appeared to get off to an electrifying start, but Roland's 75-yard
TD run on the opening snap from scrimmage was called back because of a holding
Oklahoma got into Cowboys territory on both of its first two possessions, but
were forced to punt and twice downed the ball at the Oklahoma State 1-yard
The Cowboys, starting from the shadow of their own end zone a second time,
orchestrated a 10-play, 99-yard drive that Roland capped with a short TD run.
Oklahoma State went three-and-out on its next drive and Saunders tied the game
by returning the ensuing punt 64 yards for a touchdown with 18 seconds to go
in the first quarter.
The Cowboys looked to counter and Roland's 51-yard scamper highlighted the
team's march to the Oklahoma 1. However, the Sooners came up with a huge
goal-line stand as Roland was stopped for a loss on fourth down.
Oklahoma State did regain the lead on Ben Grogan's 41-yard field goal, but
the Sooners knotted the score again on Hunnicutt's 21-yarder with 38 seconds
left in the second quarter.
The Oklahoma game-tying drive consisted of 15 plays, including a fourth-down
conversion. Facing a 4th-and-1 at the Oklahoma State 44, Knight moved the
chains with a play fake and an option pitch to Saunders, who ran for 12 yards.
Knight was shaken up on the play prior to the Hunnicutt field goal when he was
forced to scramble and knocked out of bounds at the Oklahoma State 4.
The Sooners have registered at least 10 wins in a season for the 12th time
under Stoops ... Hunnicutt set a single-season OU record with 23 field goals
... Saunders became the first Oklahoma player with multiple punt return TDs in
a season since Antonio Perkins had four in 2003 ... The Cowboys have forced at
least one turnover in 20 straight games.
12/07 19:08:07 ET