The Oklahoma Sooners avoided back-to-back Bedlam series losses to the Oklahoma State Cowboys since losing in 2001 and 2002, defeating Mike Gundy's team 51-48 in overtime.
The Cowboys nearly walked away with a regulation win, but Blake Bell's red-zone score with four seconds left knotted the score at 45.
In overtime, Quinn Sharp hit a field goal for Oklahoma State, but Brennan Clay's 18-yard touchdown for Oklahoma ended the game.
The result wasn't a surprise, and the way it happened wasn't either. Both of these teams know how to score, and that was evident early on.
Joseph Randle gave the Cowboys an early 14-0 lead with two rushing touchdowns. Michael Hunnicutt hit a 25-yard field goal for the Sooners to cut the lead to 14-3, but the Cowboys had every shred of early momentum.
The second quarter was different, though. Quinn Sharp handed the Cowboys a 17-3 lead to start the quarter, but then Landry Jones woke up. He hooked up with Trey Millard and Jalen Saunders on two consecutive scores, tying the game at 17 apiece with 2:42 remaining in the first half.
Jones' third scoring toss of the game closed the half, but that didn't happen until after Randle found the end zone for the third time. When the first two quarters result in a 24-24 tie, you know you're in for a good second half, and it didn't disappoint.
Clint Chelf hooked up with Josh Stewart for a 75-yard score on the first play of the third quarter, only to be answered by another Hunnicutt field goal less than three minutes later.
Randle's fourth score of the game gave the Cowboys an 11-point lead, but Hunnicutt answered again to keep the Sooners within one possession.
The game's momentum really seemed to turn at the start of the fourth quarter. At the 14:36 mark, Saunders returned a Quinn Sharp punt 81 yards for a touchdown, followed by Jones' two-point conversion to Justin Brown to tie the game.
But instead of fading, the Cowboys kept on fighting. Randle and Chelf led Oklahoma State down the field on the ensuing possession, and the "other" quarterback, J.W. Walsh, ran one in from two yards out to give Gundy's team a seven-point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining.
Bell's touchdown to send it to overtime was incredible, and it gave the Sooners all the momentum. Holding the Cowboys to a field goal gave this game a decisive feeling before Jones was even given the ball again.
Daily O'Collegian reporter James Poling made note of Josh Stewart's acrobatic first-half catch:
Josh Stewart can only catch a pass if it's not directly thrown to him, apparently. Catch of the year so far for #OkState— James Poling (@James_Poling) November 24, 2012
The Oklahoman reporter Anthony Slater dropped an interesting statistic in the first quarter on Saturday:
Crazy stat: #OKstate QBs are a combined 1/6 for eight yards in the past three quarters, but they've still outscored opponents 38-10.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 24, 2012
The Oklahoman reporter John Helsley summed up the first half:
24-24 to the half. Lots of offense. Total lack of defense. Should be an entertaining 2nd half. Pokes get the ball to start. #okstate— John Helsley (@jjhelsley) November 24, 2012
The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater also supplied this interesting tidbit in the second half:
#OKstate now has three QBs with over 1,000 yards passing this season, the first time that's happened in Big 12 history.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 24, 2012
Tulsa World's Eric Bailey shows us how excited fans were for this year's edition of Bedlam:
ESPN Stats & Info shed some light on Landry Jones' career:
#OSUvsOU Landry Jones: broke Big 12 record for career pass yardage; 1st QB in conference history with 16,000 yards passing.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 24, 2012
Player of the Game: Landry Jones
If the Cowboys had won, this would have been Randle, but Jones was just too much at the end of the day.
The Sooners signal-caller threw 71 passes, completing 46 of them for 500 yards and three touchdowns. He played like a senior on his biggest day, breaking a conference record in the process.
Jones didn’t receive much help from his ground game or his defense. He was able to lead the Sooners to victory mostly by himself, and that means something in a major rivalry game.
Oklahoma fans can speak of ill of Jones all they would like, but this performance should be one that sticks in their heads.
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