STILLWATER — The first pass thrown Jermaine Gresham’s way and OU’s first pass of Bedlam 2008: dropped. The Sooner tight end made up for it.
And then some. Gresham posted career highs with nine receptions and 158 yards, with two grabs going for touchdowns, including a 73-yard catch and run on a ball that glanced off teammate Manny Johnson’s hands that kept Sooner momentum surging in the third quarter. After his start, Gresham figured he had some work to do. "I dropped my first pass,” Gresham said. "That’s a sour taste in your mouth. You don’t want that no more.” By game’s end, the Cowboys wanted no more of Gresham. He produced timely catches, circus catches, and critical catches. And a lucky catch, too, with Sam Bradford’s third-and-8 toss for Johnson bouncing off the wideout’s hands and right to Gresham — in stride — as he caught the ball near midfield and raced to the end zone. "It was a combination route,” Gresham said, explaining how he and Johnson were staggered deep down the field.