Bedlam football: Unexpected plays, bold decisions lift OU past Oklahoma State

by Jason Kersey Modified: December 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm •  Published: December 7, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders (8) catches the go-ahead touchdown in front of Oklahoma State's Lyndell Johnson (27) in the fourth quarter during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. OU won, 33-24. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders (8) catches the go-ahead touchdown in front of Oklahoma State's Lyndell Johnson (27) in the fourth quarter during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. OU won, 33-24. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

class="body">It was Oklahoma’s first successful fake field goal since a 2002, fourth-quarter touchdown at Missouri. Stoops and special teams coordinator Jay Boulware installed the trick play Thursday, allowing only two days to perfect it.

Bothun said he had the option to audible out of the fake if he didn’t like the way OSU lined up.

“I just thought a field goal wasn’t going to be good enough,” Stoops said. “I knew we were going to need more than that, we had a numbers advantage out to that side and the way they were lining up and it worked out that way.”

Unlike the last-minute special teams addition, OU coaches spent two weeks devising an offensive game plan centered around redshirt freshman Trevor Knight’s athleticism and option proficiency. With only seconds remaining in the first half, though, Knight sustained a shoulder injury and never returned.

Hoping to stick with the plan, OU turned to sophomore Kendal Thompson, but he was ineffective, even throwing an interception on the first play from scrimmage after halftime.

Coaches alternated Thompson and Bell for much of the third quarter, then handed the full reins to Bell in the fourth, and he was excellent, particularly on the Sooners’ last offensive series.

Bell led the Sooners on an eight-play, 66-yard drive in 1:27, finding Saunders for a 7-yard touchdown with 19 seconds remaining to secure the upset win.
“It’s a great victory, especially since we kinda just patched it together,” said senior center Gabe Ikard. “We have Jalen return a punt, you have Hunnicutt catch a touchdown on a fake.

“It’s one of those games where it wasn’t pretty, but we got it done.”

 


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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