STILLWATER — Rivalry games are often filled with a heavy dose of momentum swings, sparked by high emotions and wild plays.
But Saturday's Bedlam shootout — a 51-48 overtime victory for Oklahoma over Oklahoma State in Norman — featured more twists and turns than ever anticipated. So many, that Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said after the game that he couldn't pinpoint one that stuck out more than the rest.
Here's a breakdown of six key moments that shifted momentum in an evenly matched contest. The ultimate difference? The Sooners swung it back in their direction for good down the stretch.
Lyndell Johnson's interception
The play: Landry Jones had his token bad-throw-under-pressure moment midway through the first quarter, when he floated the ball right to the Cowboy linebacker near midfield. Johnson sprinted 46 yards to the OU 9-yard-line.
The result: Joseph Randle scored his second touchdown two plays later to give OSU an early 14-0 lead.
Momentum to: OSU
The squib kick
The play: After drilling a 42-yard field goal to put OSU up 17-3 early in the second quarter, Quinn Sharp tried to squib the kickoff. That gave the Sooners great field position at their own 43-yard line.
The result: OU produced an 8-play, 57-yard drive that was capped by a Trey Millard 14-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Then, a Clint Chelf interception inside the OU 25 on the Cowboys' ensuing drive would set up another Sooner touchdown to tie the score at 17. OSU and OU would each score a quick-strike touchdown before the half to keep the score deadlocked. The Sooners, though, had officially climbed out of the early hole.
Momentum to: OU
Trey Millard's fumble
The play: With OU driving for a chance to take the lead in the third quarter, Nigel Nicholas forced a Millard fumble at the OSU 14-yard line. It was recovered by OSU's Shaun Lewis.
The result: The Cowboys marched 86 yards down the field on 16 plays to take a 38-27 lead. The drive was capped by a 7-yard run by Joseph Randle.
Momentum to: OSU
Jalen Saunders' punt return
The play: Sooner speedster Jalen Saunders took a 54-yard punt by Sharp at the OU 19, dodged tacklers right after the catch, cut outside and sprinted 81 yards to the house.
The result: That play ignited the Owen Field crowd and foreshadowed the celebration to come. OU then converted the two-point conversion with a Jones pass to Justin Brown to tie the score at 38 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. The Sooners had erased another double-digit deficit.
Momentum to: OU
Cowboys' fourth-down stop
The play: With the Sooners back inside the OSU 30 and in position to tie the game again midway through the final period, the Cowboy defense got two big plays in a row when Joe Mitchell and Tyler Johnson sacked Jones for a loss of six yards and held on fourth down when a Jones pass to Sterling Shepard fell incomplete.
The result: This should have been OSU's chance to run the clock and seal the victory, but the Cowboy offense went three-and-out on its next possession and punted with just fewer than seven minutes remaining. OSU would not run another offensive play in regulation.
Momentum to: OSU…momentarily
The play: After a Jones pass to Shepard in the end zone was off target, Blake Bell came in the game on fourth-and-1 and powered his way into the end zone for the tying touchdown with four seconds remaining.
The result: That score, which capped a 17-play, 86-yard drive, sent the game into overtime. OSU never fully recovered, as the Cowboys could only muster a field goal on their first overtime possession and OU needed just two plays to win the game on a Brennan Clay 18-yard touchdown run.
Momentum to: OU…for good