“It hurt the score and it hurt the team.”
And it helped the Sooners, who were finding it difficult to reach the end zone otherwise.
“They outplayed us on special teams,” said Cowboys linebacker Shaun Lewis. “They made plays when they needed to, to keep them in the game.”
The Sooners struck for a clutch drive in the final 1:46, capped when Blake Bell hit Saunders for the game-winning touchdown pass. The OU defense tacked on a TD on the game's final play, scooping up a fumble when OSU's last-gasp effort of multiple laterals flopped.
But it's hard to imagine the Sooners in position to win without their special teams blows.
“Did Bob (Stoops) make some great calls? You bet,” Gundy said. “The fake field goal is a great call. It makes sense. He's probably thinking, ‘Hey, we're going to have to find a way to score here, because at this particular time we haven't done as well on offense as we'd wanted.'
“And it was a nice call. And a gutsy call. Sometimes that's what it takes to win games like this.”