“Special” Sooners Freeze Cowboys Out of Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma scored a pair of touchdowns on special teams, and drove 66 yards in the final two minutes to score the go-ahead touchdown to beat Oklahoma State 33-24 on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
A kickoff temperature of 16 degrees, with the wind chill below zero, kept both offenses from clicking on all cylinders, but the game was entertaining nonetheless, with an OSU record crowd of 58,520 on hand to watch it.
After OSU had taken a 24-20 lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Desmond Roland with 1:46 to play, Oklahoma went 66 yards in eight plays, with Blake Bell throwing to Jalen Saunders for a 7-yard touchdown pass to put the Sooners up 27-24 with just 19 seconds to play.
On the final play of the game, OSU fumbled while trying to lateral, and Eric Striker returned it three yards for a touchdown and the 33-24 final score.
OU used three quarterbacks in the game: Trevor Knight, Bell, and Kendall Thompson.
Knight played the first half, but suffered a shoulder injury late in the first half and did not return for the second half.
The Sooners scored two of their touchdowns on special teams, with Saunders returning a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, then OU scored on a fake field goal in the third quarter, with holder Grant Bothun passing to kicker Michael Hunnicutt for an 8-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 17.
The game was tied after each of the first three quarters at 7-7, 10-10, and 17-17.
Oklahoma has won 10 of the last 11 Bedlam games, and kept OSU from winning their second straight Bedlam home game for the first time since 1932.
A Cowboy win would have given OSU a share of the Big 12 championship and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl, but now it’s the Sooners who are hoping to get a BCS bowl bid when the selections are announced on Sunday night.
Both teams finished the regular season 10-2 overall, and 7-2 in the Big 12.