“Our offense has been helping us out tremendously,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “There's just some small, minor mistakes we can fix. They're fixable issues. Monday we're gonna have to fix that.”
Oklahoma picked up 44 first downs — second most in NCAA history — and a stunning 618 yards of total offense. Quarterback Landry Jones passed for 500 yards and three touchdowns.
But the Sooners didn't score an offensive touchdown in the second half until Blake Bell's do-or-die, fourth-down touchdown run from the 4 with four seconds showing.
In overtime, the Sooner defense held OSU to Quinn Sharp's 26-yard field goal on the first possession, setting the stage for Clay's game-winner. The junior from San Diego has struggled through injuries and high expectations through his first two years on campus, but broke out with a career-high 157 yards in a Nov. 4 win at Iowa State.
On Saturday, Clay gained 59 yards on 13 carries, even leaving the game for a few plays at one point after a hard hit. After the game, Clay was celebrating on the field with Stills when Jefferson ran up to join his friends. Jefferson knocked Clay to the ground in celebration.
“Emotions were high,” Jefferson said. “It touched me in the heart to see my dude — my main dude — make a play like that. I know he's excited and I'm happy for him.”