NORMAN — Blake Bell saw one Cowboy in his way on and he thought to himself, ‘There is no way he's going to stop me.'
That guy was Oklahoma State's No. 19 Brodrick Brown, who was ready to stop Bell and give the Sooners a second-straight loss in the Bedlam rivalry.
But the 5-foot-8 Brown was no match for a 6-foot-6, 254 pound Bell. For the first time all night, Bell pounded his way into the end zone from fourth-and-one to help the Sooners to a 51-48 victory in the first overtime game in Bedlam history.
“I felt something at my legs,” Bell said of the play, “but I'm not really sure what it was.”
The “something” was Brown, who Bell carried into the end zone with four second left in the game. The touchdown reversed a trend of unsuccessful Belldozer attempts earlier in the game.
The first three times it was used, the Belldozer produced a one-yard gain and two fumbles. The package also halted momentum on the game's opening drive when the Belldozer came in on second-and-7. After Landry Jones led the Sooners offense down the field, Bell came in and handed off to Roy Finch, who was stopped for a 1-yard gain.
With momentum lost, and a missed Jones to Justin Brown pass on third down, Michael Hunnicutt missed a 32-yard field goal.
“There's going to be plays where it's not going to go your way and the coaches do a good job of saying, ‘Keep coming,'” Bell said. “My fumble, the guy hit me perfectly on the ball. The ball popped out. Derek got on top of it and we still end up scoring. I just got to protect the ball.”
The Belldozer's bad luck returned in the third quarter when the Sooners were driving deep in OSU territory. Bell handed off to Trey Millard who fumbled and the Cowboys recovered. That was the only appearance in the third quarter.
Bell converted twice on fourth down in the fourth quarter. Then with under 10 second remaining, the backup quarterback blocked, ran over and carried the Cowboys into the end zone with him for the final score of regulation.
"I thought we had him in the backfield on the tying touchdown," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "Again, he's a big guy and he's made some guys miss and breaks tackles."
That wasn't the last appearance of Bell in the end zone, though. In overtime, after running back Brennan Clay scored the game-winning touchdown, Bell joined the crowd of crimson jerseys that surrounded Clay and celebrated.
None of it would have happened, though, had the Belldozer not converted on what will go down as Bell's favorite play of his career.
“Oklahoma State. 10 seconds left. Fourth-and-1,” Bell said. “That's why I came here to the University of Oklahoma. To play games like this.”