The Sooners ran their short-yardage formation just once. And Blake Bell went 28 yards for a touchdown with 2:25 left in the game. But don't blame the playcalling. Until that drive, OU never faced 3rd-and-1, 3rd-and-2 or 3rd-and-3. The Sooners faced 2nd-and-1 twice earlier and converted both.
DEFENDING BLACKMON: B
Remarkably enough, OU's pass defense was solid. Weeden didn't kill the Cowboys, completing 24 of 36 for 217 yards, and while Blackmon had 10 catches for 95 yards, his longest gain was 20 yards, and two of his catches were shovel passes.
State brotherhood wasn't limited to the combined bands' performance of “Amazing Grace,” honoring the victims of the OSU plane crash in November. Bob Stoops declaration that he would vote the Cowboys No. 2 was good for the Big 12 and united Bedlam front that's been presented over the last couple of years.
OFFENSIVE GAME PLAN: D
The Sooners figured to be the stronger run team. That was debunked by the way OSU ran the ball, but Josh Heupel didn't help the Sooners get off to much of a physical start. On OU's first three possessions covering 15 snaps, Heupel called 14 passes. The only running play was a Trey Franks reverse.
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