When Blake Bell redeemed OU with a final drive, the defense's performance comes through in a different light.
A goal-line stand early in the second quarter looks even bigger. The Sooners stopped the Cowboys on three consecutive plays from inside the three. Safety Gabe Lynn, faked out by Desmond Roland on a 51-yard to the 8, hit him in the backfield on second down. On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Lynn and Ndulue converged to stop Roland cold.
“Gabe Lynn made a really big play on that fourth down — a physical tackle,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “He was probably outmuscled by about 30 pounds, but he came in and made a great play there.”
Ndulue beat OSU guard Brandon Webb on the play.
“That hit by Chuka, that's going to be a big play that we talk about,” Julian Wilson, who had a second-half interception, said. “It really changed the game.”