Oklahoma State football: Breaking down the plays that swung the Bedlam game OU's way

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.
by Gina Mizell Published: November 25, 2012

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

Belldozer TD

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


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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