Robinson a scramblin’ manOSU quarterback Zac Robinson scrambled out of trouble much of the night. Until crunch time. Huge sacks finally gave the Sooner defense stops on each of OSU’s final two possessions. Linebacker Keenan Clayton sacked Robinson for a nine-yard loss on the first play after OU took a 51-41 lead. That eventually led to the only punt of the second half. Then Jeremy Beal sacked Robinson, causing a fumble that snuffed out OSU’s last hope. Robinson was elusive all night and finished with 90 yards on 17 carries. "Give Zac Robinson some credit,” said OU coach Bob Stoops. "He played an excellent game. Just frustrated us so many times because you thought you had him sacked.” While being taken to the ground by Clayton in the third quarter, Robinson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant. During a stretch of the second quarter, Robinson ran for his life on three straight plays — a scramble in which he ran away from Beal and Frank Alexander and threw the ball away, a quarterback draw in which Robinson zipped 10 yards and a scramble in which he gained 11 yards.
Die by the kickoff...Another kickoff return for a touchdown put the Sooners in peril — Perrish Cox’s 90-yarder brought OSU within 44-41 with 10:33 left in the game and was the fourth allowed by the Sooners this season. "We have guys there to make the tackle, trying to pull the football out,” Stoops lamented. But a kickoff return also buoyed the Sooners. After OSU drew within 37-34 early in the fourth quarter, DeMarco Murray broke a kickoff return for 68 yards, setting up a 27-yard touchdown drive that gave the Sooners a 10-point cushion. With 196 kickoff return yards, Murray eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for his career. Murray becomes just the third Sooner to pass 1,000 yards in returns. The others: Juaquin Iglesias and Buster Rhymes. With 1,183 total kickoff yards, Murray now ranks third all-time at OU. The 196 against the Cowboys are the second-most ever by a Sooner in a single game, behind Brandon Daniels’ 229 against Notre Dame in 1999.
Red-zone successOU’s red-zone success continued, with seven trips to or inside the OSU 20-yard line resulting in six touchdowns and one field goal. That makes 61 TDs in 71 trips to the red zone this season. "Anytime we get a touchdown and not get a field goal, that helps,” said Bradford.
Knall’s best gameOU punter Mike Knall has not had a good year. He came into Bedlam averaging 35.9 yards a kick. But his first two punts Saturday were superb: a 52-yarder that ended with a fair catch and a 51-yarder that hit inside the OSU 5-yard line and caromed sideways and out of bounds at the 1. Knall got only one more punt, a 38-yarder that was fair caught at the OSU 18.
Replay digestOfficials reviewed the fumble that wasn’t. They didn’t review the fumble that was. In the final minute of the first half, with OU on OSU’s 1-yard line, Sam Bradford fumbled a snap and fell on the ball. OSU linebacker Orie Lemon dove in, reached in and grabbed the ball. Officials reviewed the play and correctly ruled OU’s ball. The Sooners scored two plays later. On the second play of the third quarter, OSU’s Kendall Hunter fumbled and OU recovered, but officials ruled him down. Replays showed Hunter fumbled before he was down, but the play was not reviewed, and OSU continued on to a touchdown.
Dominant DominiqueCornerback Dominique Franks set up OU’s first touchdown with an interception on OSU’s third offensive play. He stepped in front of Damian Davis and returned the pick 24 yards to the Cowboy 22-yard line. Franks now has four interceptions, matching Lendy Holmes and Travis Lewis for the team lead. By Berry Tramel