The fourth was the ballgame.
Jones was hit by Alex Elkins on a third-and-6 play at the 19-yard line — the deepest OU got until Bell's late score. Jamie Blatnick scooped and took the fumble return to the 1-yard line.
The Sooners went from trailing 10-0 and in position for points to down 17-0 after Joe Randle scored on the ensuing play. OU never recovered.
No one on the Sooners' side wants to lean too hard on it, as an excuse, but there's no question that Oklahoma lost some — or a lot of — fluidity after All-America receiver Ryan Broyles went down Nov. 5 with a season-ending knee injury.
“Your team's going to change when you lose the best receiver in the country,” Ikard said.
Jones, a Heisman contender entering the season and early in the season, has not thrown a touchdown since the game in which Broyles was hurt.
Production has decreased. Drops — the Sooners pushed 10 on Saturday after seven last week — have increased.
“It was poor,” Stoops said. “It wasn't nearly what it needs to be.”
The Sooners all credited Oklahoma State's defensive scheming. OU threw 38 times in the first half, to only 10 runs. Most of that, the players and coaches said, was dictated by OSU showing blitzes that forced OU to throw (unsuccessfully).
“It's not a very good job on our part as coaches,” Stoops said. “At halftime I brought that up. I said, ‘We've ran the ball 10 times, and we've threw it 38.' That's, you know, that's why you have what happened to us.
“Right at the end of the half is where it all broke down.”
Then? Or Nov. 5?