Rarely have defenses been able to contain Oklahoma's Belldozer formation, the power run attack of backup quarterback Blake Bell, but Oklahoma State kept it in check almost all day.
Unfortunately, Bell was able to slip out of a tackle and score the touchdown that forced overtime as the Sooners ultimately defeated OSU, 51-48, on Saturday night at Owen Field.
The Belldozer formation produced nine yards on five snaps, not counting Bell's 12-yard pass completion when starter Landry Jones was injured for a play.
In the second quarter, Bell accounted for a first down on an OU scoring drive, but only after the ball was knocked loose and recovered by an offensive lineman.
Bell broke loose of a backfield tackle for a 4-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-one in the closing seconds of regulation to ultimately force overtime.
“He's a big, physical guy,” OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said of Bell, the 6-foot-6, 254-pound sophomore. “It's hard to stop him for a yard. We were right there, he just ran through the tackle.
“We were in the same call on all of them.”
RANDLE, CHELF KEEP RUN GAME ALIVE
Lost in the mix of Saturday's disappointment was a rather impressive performance by the Cowboys in the run game, led by Joseph Randle.
The junior rushed for four touchdowns and 113 yards on 21 carries. His four touchdowns, which he achieved for the third time in his career, tied for the second-most by an OSU back in a game — behind only Barry Sanders, who had three five-TD games in 1988.
Quarterback Clint Chelf added a boost as well, especially with a career-long 38-yard run on a draw in the first quarter. He finished with 63 yards, including 18 lost yards on sacks.
“Joseph ran the ball very well. Our running game was good,” head coach Mike Gundy said. “Overall offensively, I thought we played pretty well. For the most part, I thought our run game was where we wanted it to be.”
Randle continues to climb the charts, now ranking fourth in career rushing touchdowns behind Sanders (48), Terry Miller (43) and Thurman Thomas (43).
OSU cornerback Brodrick Brown was in the middle of the action seemingly from the start of the game. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound senior spent most of the day across from his Sooner doppelganger, receiver Justin Brown, also wearing jersey No. 19.
Justin Brown had a size advantage in the matchup at 6-foot-3, 209 pounds.
Brodrick Brown finished with 10 tackles, all solo, trying to contain Justin Brown, who caught 15 passes for 146 yards, his longest going for 21.
On the opposite side of the field, cornerback Justin Gilbert led the Cowboys in tackles with 11 total (seven solo).
From week to week, one of OSU's special teams units is involved in a crucial play, whether good or bad for the Cowboys.
Kansas State and Texas each had big returns in defeats of the Cowboys, and OSU has been on the positive end of big special teams plays as well.
On Saturday, OSU gave up a momentum-swinging 81-yard punt return touchdown by Jalen Saunders that tied the game at 38 in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys took the lead two possessions later, but couldn't regain momentum.
“I thought that the punt return was a nice play and it changed the momentum,” Gundy said. “We did recover and came back, but we couldn't put a stop together at the end of the game.”
COWBOY CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS
Bedlam brought out plenty of stars, including a couple of former Oklahoma State stars from other sports, and another who was as close to a Cowboy as one could be.
Professional golfer Scott Verplank was on the sideline for the game, as was former Cowboy basketball player Keiton Page.
St. Louis Cardinals star outfielder Matt Holiday, a Stillwater graduate who never made it to OSU after getting drafted from high school, was in attendance as well. He was on the sideline with his older brother, Josh Holliday, the Cowboys' current head baseball coach.
The 75-yard touchdown pass from Clint Chelf to Josh Stewart on the first snap of the second half was OSU's longest scoring play from scrimmage this season, and its sixth one-play scoring drive of the season... The Cowboys have scored at least 40 points in the last three Bedlam games... Stewart went over 100 yards for the fourth time of the season, finishing with 11 catches to move into fourth place on OSU's single-season reception chart. He has 84 catches this season, tied with Hart Lee Dykes' 1988 season, and trailing only Dez Bryant (87 in 2008), Rashaun Woods (107 in 2002) and Justin Blackmon (122 in 2011). Stewart is now 11th in career receptions with 103... Redshirt freshman David Glidden saw his first action of the season on offense, getting in at slot receiver. Glidden has been used as a punt returner previously... Saturday's all-white uniform combination, the team's traditional road outfit before the multiple uniform looks were added last year, were worn for the second time in the last two seasons. The Cowboys went all-white at Missouri last year.