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Surprises and Underachievers: The best and worst of Oklahoma against Oklahoma State

by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm •  Published: November 25, 2012
Oklahoma's Brennan Clay (24) celebrates after the Bedlam game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Oklahoma won 51-48. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Brennan Clay (24) celebrates after the Bedlam game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Oklahoma won 51-48. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

A Bedlam victory at the goal line caused Sooners fans to rejoice. Oklahoma earned their only lead of the game when Brennan Clay scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Landry Jones threw for 500 yards and the defense seemed to throw out the playbook that included plays for only a seven-DB scheme. This was Bedlam 2012 but there are more surprises, and a few underachievers, in the Sooners’ only Bedlam OT victory.

Surprises

Landry Jones’ big-time Bedlam comeback. Landry Jones had his biggest game of his career against West Virginia. Now replace the team name with Oklahoma State. It’s crazy. Back-to-back weeks the senior quarterback pulled off a comeback in the fourth quarter. Except this time it’s even bigger than the game against the Mountaineers because Jones historically didn’t have that great of a history against the Cowboys. In the last three years, he’d thrown more interceptions than touchdowns against OSU. Saturday night he finished the game with three touchdowns, one interception and 71 passing attempts. That’s the most passing attempts in his career. The second largest amount was actually in the 2010 Bedlam game when Jones had 62 attempts. That game Jones threw four touchdowns and three interceptions. Regardless, Jones’ finally has a Bedlam win he can be proud to hang on his wall.

Kenny Stills’ touchdown tip to himself. It was ESPN’s Play of the Day.

Jalen Saunders’ punt return. 81 yards? Oklahoma fans have got to love the NCAA clearing Saunders’ waiver this year and not delaying it to next … even if it did take a few games.

Blake Bell’s arm. When Landry Jones went down because he suffered a hard hit by OSU defender Alex Elkins, Blake Bell stepped up. Bell – not the Belldozer – took the field and the backup quarterback threw a 12-yard strike to Justin Brown.

 

Underachievers

Oklahoma State's Josh Stewart (5) runs for a touchdown after catching a pass during the Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Oklahoma won 51-48. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Josh Stewart (5) runs for a touchdown after catching a pass during the Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Oklahoma won 51-48. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Josh Heupel’s first-drive play calling. Momentum was on the Sooners’ side. Then Heupel decided to put Bell in at 2nd-and-7. Momentum stopped. Bell didn’t even run the Belldozer. It wasn’t close to a short-yardage package. And this was the game’s opening drive. Bell instead handed the ball off to Roy Finch, who despite looking like he ran a long way across the field, only gained a yard. Bell talked with the media for about 20 minutes last night and the best explanation for Heupel’s decision seemed to be that the Sooners were trying to give the Cowboys different looks based on what they saw. Whatever they saw, they probably didn’t predict it killing the drive.

Damien Williams’ results. Seven carries for 11 yards and no touchdowns. One catch for -4 yards. Obviously didn’t prove that he was the best running back in the state of Oklahoma. He’s also been pretty low key since that ankle injury. Clay has stepped up nicely but …where in the world is Dom Whaley?

Oklahoma defense. Two weeks in a row Mike Stoops has watched his guys watch as opponents ran int0 the end zone to score 49 points on the road and 48 points at home. This is not the defense of Oklahoma past.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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