STILLWATER â€” Linebacker Austin Box charged across the Boone Pickens Stadium turf toward the crimson-clad masses, hooting and hollering all the way. Offensive lineman Eric Mensik ran from one side of the stadium to the other, grinning from ear to ear. Safety Quinton Carter high-fived everyone within his reach.
The Sooners had reason to celebrate.
Oklahoma 47, Oklahoma State 41.
This was Bedlam indeed.
A night that promised high drama delivered. Even though this game was tied heading into the fourth quarter, things really got interesting in the final frame.
A whopping 40 points scored in the final quarter, 28 of them coming during the definitive minute-and-a-half stretch.
â€œI was so pleased at how we performed offensively and made big plays in the fourth quarter when we had to have them,â€ Sooner coach Bob Stoops said.
After three Jimmy Stevens field goals gave OU a nine-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, OSU answered when Brandon Weeden hit Justin Blackmon for a 15-yard touchdown.
But OU answered right back with an 86-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones to Cam Kenney.
But OSU answered the answer with an 89-yard kickoff return by Justin Gilbert.
But OU came right back with a 76-yard touchdown pass from Jones to James Hanna.
Twenty points in 92 seconds.
â€œIt was pretty wild,â€ OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen said. â€œI've never seen it like that on all sides of the ball.â€
Even though Cowboys tacked on a late field goal, the Sooners recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock for their eighth consecutive Bedlam victory.
With the Sooners' win, three teams shared the Big 12 South title â€” OU, OSU and Texas A&M â€” and even though they'll have to wait to see the BCS standings today to know for sure, the Sooners will likely win the division tiebreaker by being ranked higher than the Cowboys and the Aggies.
That means OU will play in the Big 12 title game Saturday at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The opponent: Nebraska.
It will be a fitting final game for the Big 12 Conference as we know it, the old rivals squaring off one last time.
The Cowboys will have to wait on their bowl fate, but the Sooners can secure a BCS bowl bid with a victory next week.
Saturday night, though, the Sooners were intent upon celebrating this Bedlam victory.
â€œWe knew coming in here we'd have to play well to have an opportunity to win,â€ Stoops said. â€œI'm excited about our team and how we did that.â€