STILLWATER — On a day when Boone Pickens Stadium occupants shivered from the freezing cold and shook during a brief earthquake, it figures that Oklahoma’s 33-24 upset victory over Bedlam rival Oklahoma State was the built on unexpected plays and bold decisions.
Three Sooner quarterbacks saw significant action. Oklahoma scored two special-teams touchdowns, including an 8-yard pass from holder Grant Bothun to kicker Michael Hunnicutt late in the third quarter.
Junior quarterback Blake Bell, who started eight games this season but was relegated to third-stringer status Saturday, led a remarkable, last-minute touchdown drive that snapped the Cowboys’ seven-game winning streak and destroyed their Big 12 title dreams.
“I just think we did what we needed to do to win, and that's all that matters is that we came out on top on that scoreboard,” said senior running back Brennan Clay.
OU coaches certainly pulled out all the stops Saturday, when the Sooners won with the most complete team effort of the year, scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.
Senior receiver Jalen Saunders tied the game at 7 late in the first quarter with a 64-yard punt return touchdown — his second such score in as many years against Oklahoma State — and junior punter Jed Barnett twice pinned OSU’s offense at its own 1-yard line.
Late in the third quarter, OU trailed 17-10 when it took over possession at its own 40-yard line for what became an unusual, exciting and critical scoring drive.
First, senior Brannon Green hauled in a 16-yard reception — the first catch by a true tight end this season. A few plays later, Saunders picked up 37 yards on a double reverse.
The Sooners lined up for a 25-yard field goal attempt when Bothun rolled to his left and tossed the ball to Hunnicutt, who held on for the tying touchdown despite a big hit from Cowboys linebacker Caleb Lavey.