ESPN's Matt Millen credits Sooner defense, Tony Jefferson for closing stand
REMOTE PATROL — Three 11 a.m. starts Saturday left state football fans with the option of doing a lot of channel flipping. Here's a summary of what they saw, or missed.
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In Waco, FX analyst Joel Klatt, a former Colorado quarterback, said he thought OSU was still feeling the effects of its 50-49 overtime loss to OU as the Cowboys finished the season with a 41-34 loss to Baylor.
“It's not that I thought Oklahoma State was sleep-walking through this game by any means -- they played hard -- but I get the sense the hangover is still there from the loss to Oklahoma.”
The Cowboy defense gave up 615 yards, including two long touchdown plays – a 75-yard touchdown pass from Nick Florence to Tevin Reese and a 76-yard run by Lache Seastrunk.
On the pass, Klatt said, “Oklahoma State does not have answer for this empty set with everyone spread outside the numbers. Way too much space being given up in the middle of the field.”
On Seastrunk's run, in which he appeared to pull a hamstring, he said, “He pulls something. He just barely gets in the end zone. What an effort by Seastrunk!”
In Tulsa, Dave Pasch called TU's winning touchdown in overtime as Alex Singleton dived in from the 1, giving him an even 100 rushing yard for the game. “Over the top, it's official: Tulsa wins Conference USA -- 263 pounds flying through the air.”
TU blocked a Central Florida field goal in overtime. “That was just a low kick,” analyst Brian Griese said.
The key — and most unusual play — of the game came when TU's Trey Watts tied the game on a 54-yard punt return. After a Central Florida player batted the ball and with several UCF players around the ball, Watts unexpectedly grabbed it and raced down the sideline for the score.
“Everyone stopped on the ball, except for one guy, Trey Watts,” Griese said. “Even though it's touched first by UCF, it's not dead.”
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