Bedlam football: Sooners' last-minute rally casts Oklahoma defense in better light

OKLAHOMA 33, OKLAHOMA STATE 24 — An Oklahoma defense that started the season with plenty of critics came through with enough big plays to stun its Bedlam rival.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 7, 2013

Still, it appeared that the lasting image of OU's defense from this Bedlam would be Clint Chelf slicing up the Sooner secondary through the air and Desmond Roland finishing OU off on the ground to put OSU up 24-20 lead with 1:46 left.

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.”

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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