Sooners Rally To Stun Cowboys in Frigid Bedlam
Oklahoma fell behind in the final two minutes, but rallied with 13 points in the final 1:46 to upset Oklahoma State 33-24 to win Bedlam on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State appeared to score on the first snap from scrimmage, as Desmond Roland went 75 yards for an apparent touchdown, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty on Charlie Moore, and two more penalties backed OSU up, with the Cowboys forced to punt after not making a first down.
OU won the battle of field position early, as OU punter Jed Barnett twice punted and had the ball downed at the one-yard line.
The second time it happened, OSU responded with a 10-play, 99-yard drive to take the lead, with Roland scoring from a yard out to put the Cowboys up 7-0.
OU’s special teams evened the game, as Jalen Saunders returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7 with 18 seconds left in the first quarter.
OSU was driving to start the second quarter, and got into Sooner territory with a 51-yard run by Roland.
The Cowboys were denied a score, though, as Roland was stopped on 4th and goal from the one-yard line, with safety Gabe Lynn and defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue combining to stop Roland for no gain.
Oklahoma’s offense once again couldn’t do much with it, though, and had to punt back to OSU.
The Cowboys marched into field goal position, as Ben Grogan booted a 41-yard field goal to put the Pokes on top 10-7 with 8:40 to play in the second quarter.
Oklahoma responded with their best drive of the first half, converting a 4th and 1 from the OSU 45 on a pitch to Saunders for a gain of 13 yards.
Power running plays moved the ball inside the Cowboys 5, but OU had to settle for a 21-yard field goal from Michael Hunnicutt to tie the game at 10 with 38 seconds left in the first half.
OU ran 15 plays on the drive, eating up 8:02 on the clock.
Late in the first half, on the last play before OU’s field goal, quarterback Trevor Knight suffered an undisclosed injury and headed to the lockerroom.
He did not return, and OU started Kendall Thompson at QB to start the second half.
On the first play of the third quarter, Thompson threw a deep pass that was intercepted by Kevin Peterson.
The Cowboys then marched 82 yards in seven plays to a score, with Clint Chelf passing to Roland for a 15-yard touchdown to put OSU on top 17-10 with 13:18 to play in the third quarter.
Chelf was 19 of 35 for 200 yards passing.
Midway through the third quarter OSU was in Sooner territory, when the OU defense made a big play, as Julian Wilson intercepted a Chelf pass at the OU 40-yard line.
OU ran a double reverse in which Saunders picked up 37 yards, getting inside the Cowboys 10.
On 3rd and goal from the 8, it looked like the Sooners had scored a touchdown, as Blake Bell scrambled and threw a pass to Brannon Green in the back of the end zone.
Green momentarily caught the pass, but Daytawion Lowe hit Green and knocked the ball loose and it was incomplete.
The Sooners then lined up to kick a field goal, but faked it instead.
Holder Grant Bothun ran to his left and on the run passed to kicker Hunnicutt, who scored on the 8-yard touchdown to tie the game at 17 with 2:35 to play in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma took their first lead of the game.
A pass interference penalty on OSU’s Lowe on a deep pass to Sterling Shepard got OU 15 yards, then Brennan Clay converted on a 4th and 1 by picking up the yard needed for the first down.
The Sooners settled for a 39-yard field goal from Hunnicutt to take a 20-17 lead with 10:01 to play in the fourth quarter.
OSU couldn’t move the ball past the OU 37, but punted to the one-yard line, backing OU up to their own goal line.
On second down, Blake Bell passed to Sterling Shepard for a gain of 57 yards to the OSU 42.
Shepard had seven catches for 112 yards.
OU had to punt the ball away, and Barnett then punted to the OSU 11-yard line, and the Cowboys had the ball, down three, with 4:27 to play in the fourth quarter.
It took OSU just 1:41 to take the lead, going 89 yards in 7 plays, with Roland scoring on a one-yard touchdown run.
Four straight pass plays to start the drive got OSU inside the Sooner 10-yard line, with Chelf passing to Josh Stewart for 14, to Charlie Moore for 27,
then to Tracy Moore for 20 and 23.
Roland’s TD put the Cowboys up 24-20 with 1:46 to play.
Roland rushed for 144 yards on 21 carries and had two touchdowns.
OU started their possession at their own 34 yard line, and Bell directed the Sooners on an 8-play, 66-yard drive, passing to Saunders for a 7-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left to put Oklahoma on top 27-24.
Bell finished 10 of 16 passing for 140 yards.
OSU got the ball back with a slim chance to still tie or win it, but on the final play, in an attempt to lateral their way to a touchdown, the ball got loose inside the OSU 5-yard line, and Eric Striker scooped up the ball at the 3 and scored to make the final score 33-24.
OSU outgained OU 400-358 in total yards, but neither team was good on third down.
OU converted just 2 of 15 third downs, while OSU was 2 of 13.
The Sooners were perfect on fourth down, though, going 3-for-3, and getting the clear edge on special teams, with Saunders punt return TD, the fake field goal TD by Hunnicutt, and the excellent punting of Barnett.
Oklahoma has won 10 of the last 11 Bedlam games, and continues a streak that dates back over 80 years.
OSU has not won back-to-back Bedlam home games since 1930 and 1932.
The Sooners lead the all-time series 84-17-7.
Temperature at kickoff was just 16 degrees, with the wind chill below zero, but there was no precipitation and the field was clear, with partly sunny skies.
A win by Oklahoma State would have given the Cowboys a share of the Big 12 championship.
Now OU has a slim chance at making a BCS bowl, while the Cowboys will slip significantly to a much lower bowl than they had hoped for or expected to get.
Both teams finish the regular season with a 10-2 overall record, and 7-2 in Big 12 play.