Sooners Beat Cowboys for 5th Straight Bedlam Win

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Oklahoma's football team got a solid defensive effort and and used a commanding ground game to beat Oklahoma State 34-16 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater on Saturday night.

The Sooner defense OSU to 335 total yards and Parnell Motley got two turnovers.

The OU offense was paced by 283 rushing yards that controlled the clock in the second half and helped the Sooners to their fifth straight Bedlam win and 21st straight win in the month of November.

Jalen Hurts ran, threw, and caught a touchdown pass in the game, joining Tommy McDonald in 1956 as the only Sooners players to do that in the same game.

Oklahoma took the opening kickoff and quickly marched 78 yards in four plays, with gains of 9 and 18 yards for Kennedy Brooks, a 23 -yard pass from Jalen Hurts to Nick Basquine, then Hurts sprinted 28 yards for a touchdown to put the Sooners up 7-0 with 13:14 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma State matched the score on their opening possession, going 76 yards in eight plays.

Chuba Hubbard gained 22 yards on a run, then Dru Brown passed to Braydon Johnson for 33 yards, setting up a 3-yard touchdown run by Hubbard to tie the game at 7-7 with 9:02 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma moved the ball into Cowboy territory on the ensuing possession, but a third down pass into the end zone to CeeDee Lamb was broken up by Tre Sterling, and the Sooners settled for a 42-yard field goal by Gabe Brkic to regain the lead 10-7 with 3:00 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma State had moved the ball into OU territory, but on a reception by Braydon Johnson, Brendan Radley-Hiles wrapped him up and Parnell Motley stripped the ball and recovered at the Sooners' 44-yard line.

From there, Kennedy Brooks ran for 18 yards and Hurts passed to Lee Morris for a gain of 29 yards to the OSU 6.

Two plays later, the Sooners reached into their bag of tricks on the opening play of the second quarter, with a double reverse.

Lamb flipped the ball to Basquine, who threw to a wide open Hurts for a 4-yard touchdown to make it 17-7 Sooners with 14:54 to play in the second quarter.

It appeared Oklahoma had forced another turnover on the next OSU possession, when Parnell Motley intercepted Brown along the OSU sideline.

Officials reviewed it and ruled Motley had a foot out of bounds.

The Cowboys got a 43-yard field goal from Matt Ammendola to end the drive and cut OU's lead to 17-10 with 9:40 to play in the second quarter.

The Sooners answered with another field goal, a 27-yarder from Brkic, set up by a 23-yard pass from Hurts to Lamb.

Oklahoma led 20-10 with 5:06 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma State used up the rest of the time in the half, and had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Ammendola as the first half ended to make it 20-13 Sooners.

The two teams exchanged punts on three downs and out to start the second half.

OSU then marched to a field goal, with Brown passing to Braydon Johnson for a gain of 34 yards to set up a 26-yard field goal by Ammendola to make it 20-16 Oklahoma with 9:41 to play in the third quarter.

Oklahoma responded with a clock-eating, ground-heavy drive, eating up 6:19, going 93 yards in 11 plays, eight of them carries by Brooks.

Sprinkled in was a 29-yard pass from Hurts to Jeremiah Hall, and Brooks capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to give OU a 27-16 lead with 3:22 to play in the third quarter.

Oklahoma's defense got a stop on the ensuing possession, as David Ugwoegbu broke up a Brown pass on 4th and 3 from the OU 27-yard line.

Early in the fourth quarter, Tre Sterling was ejected for targeting on a hit on OU's Charleston Rambo.

The Sooners kept that drive going, capping a 73-yard drive in 10 plays, with Hurts passing to Brayden Willis for a 3-yard touchdown to make it 34-16 Sooners with 10:21 to play.

OSU's ensuing drive ended in just four plays, with Nik Bonitto and Kenneth Murray stopping Hubbard for no gain on 4th and 1 from the OSU 34-yard line.

Penalties forced OU to punt after three downs on their next possession.

Oklahoma State then turned the ball over again, as Brown was picked off by Motley at the OU 32-yard line.

The Sooners ran out the clock to win the game.

Hurt was 13-for-16 passing for 163 yards and has rushed 16 times for 61 yards.

Brown was 22-for-32 for 207 yards.

Brooks led all rushers with 160 yards on 22 carries, while Chuba Hubbard had 104 yards on 24 carries.

OU has won five straight Bedlam games and 15 of the last 17.

Oklahoma improves to 11-1, and finishes Big 12 play 8-1.

The Sooners will face Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game next Saturday at 11:00 am in AT&T Stadium.

Oklahoma State drops to 8-4 overall, 5-4 in conference play and awaits their bowl destination.

 

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