NORMAN — Brennan Clay's first two-and-a-half seasons were injury-riddled and disappointing.
But his last four games have been the opposite, transforming from an afterthought benchwarmer to reliable feel-good story.
It started with a 157-yard breakout performance at Iowa State in early November and culminated with a game-winning 18-yard overtime touchdown on Saturday night, capping a wild 51-48 win for OU.
But before that Bedlam-clinching rumble, Clay and the rest of OU's running game was held in check by Oklahoma State, relying on a potent passing attack to mirror an underwhelming three yards per carry.
But the touchdown run that sent Norman into an uproar and Owen Field into a mob scene is what many people will remember. Here's how Clay recalled the moments leading up to and just after the run:
We just knew we got to keep pounding it and pounding it and it's not going to be a big one every time, especially against a good defense like Oklahoma State. And they did a great scheming against us. They were able to do a good job stopping the run.
You could tell (they were worn down late). But we were worn down, too — playing at such a fast-tempo. Just keep staying with it and staying with it, knowing we were going to bust one sooner or later.
It was a cut play and it was just right up the middle pretty much and Trey (Millard) came backside and kicked out the D-end and they had a big collision there, so I just paced up the field and then Gabe (Ikard) came down on the right and slammed down on the nose (tackle).
I had to run through No. 8 (Daytawion Lowe) and I remember him coming down and another guy to the left. And I was able to run through some trash and get in the end zone.
I have no idea (who got to me first in the celebration). Somebody grabbed me from behind and then just everybody came in. (When I saw Kenny Stills), he was just telling me how much he loved me, and I told him I loved him, too. Thanked him for his support and being there for me.
Just praises to the Lord, he's blessed me so much. And it was great, just being able to celebrate with my teammates, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Yeah, of course (it was the highlight of my career). There's been so many plays this year overall, but to finish Bedlam, that's a great experience. In front of this crowd, they stayed until the end. They had our back even though we were down by however much we were down by. We came back and faced adversity, and I'm appreciative of them being there the whole time and riding with us.
In high school I had a few of those (walk-off touchdowns), we scored a lot of points. So I've had one of those before, but not quite like this one.
Every senior I saw, I just said that was for ya'll. There's no other way to send them out than with a victory, especially against Oklahoma State, especially for the last home game.