No. 14 Sooners top No. 22 Pokes in OT, 51-48
NORMAN Rivalry games are usually tight affairs that come down to the wire. Bedlam on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium was no different as it took an overtime period for Oklahoma to vanquish rival Oklahoma State, 51-48.
After an amazing display of offensive fireworks failed to settle the issue, No. 21 Oklahoma State (7-4, 5-3) got the ball to start the overtime period with the score tied at 45. The Oklahoma defense, which had been pushed all over the field most of the game, picked up where it left off at the end of regulation and held OSU to a field goal.
Then came the final blows in an old-fashioned knock-down, drag-out as OU took over and two plays later, Brennan Clay found the end zone from 18 yards out to send the Crimson and Cream fans into a frenzy. It was the only time the Sooners led during the entire game.
"I'm very proud of my team and my guys for hanging in there," OU head coach Bob Stoops said. "We worked our way through a hard fought game and came up with the plays in the fourth quarter to win. We made some plays and gave ourselves the chance to get back in the game. It's great to win and we got one more coming next week."
The mere fact OU reached overtime was amazing, having just enough time to score at the end of regulation.
After the No. 13 Sooners (9-2, 7-1) held the Cowboys to a three-and-out, the Sooners took over at their own 14 with 6:18 remaining and trailing, 45-38. The Sooners marched 82 yards on 20 plays, setting up a fourth-and-one at the OSU 4. In came Blake Bell and the oft-maligned Belldozer package, which had mixed results on earlier possessions.
But this time the bruising sophomore QB broke a tackle attempt from blitzing OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey near the line of scrimmage and another on his way to the touchdown to get the Sooners within one with just four seconds remaining. The PAT was true and then came the OT frenzy.
"At that point in time we knew that we had to score on that drive," Jones said. "I think our offense just did what it had to do. We take it to fourth down and Blake came in and had a great run. It's just something about this team, we get it done when we need to."
OSU started the fourth quarter up, 38-30, and owning the wind for the final 15 minutes, but it quickly faced a third-and-18. Quarterback Clint Chelf threw incomplete and led to an OSU punt. Punter Quinn Sharp did what he wanted, crushing a 54-yard punt that OU return man Jalen Saunders fielded at his own 18.