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Oklahoma State football: Bedlam defense solid

by John Helsley Modified: December 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm •  Published: December 12, 2013

Justin Gilbert nearly made a great play for a game-clinching interception. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Justin Gilbert nearly made a great play for a game-clinching interception. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Any examination of Oklahoma State’s Bedlam loss will forever recall Oklahoma’s final drive to the game-winning touchdown.

Blake Bell, after starting the day as OU’s No. 3 quarterback, led a march that answered the Cowboys go-ahead score with 1:46 remaining.

Still, placing too much emphasis on that one drive may be a bit harsh. Before that, OSU’s defense had been solid all day against the Sooners. Better than solid, really.

Consider OU’s drive chart for the game:

Punt
Punt
Punt
Punt
Field goal
Interception
Punt
Punt
Punt
Fake field goal for a touchdown
FG
Punt
Offensive TD, finally
 
The drive chart reveals the real culprit in the loss: special teams. The Cowboys gave up two special teams touchdowns, the only way the Sooners were able to still be in the game late.
 
“They outplayed us on special teams,” said OSU linebacker Shaun Lewis. “They made plays when they needed to, to keep them in the game.”
 
That doesn’t mean the OSU defenders didn’t feel the sting of that final drive. They expected to get the job done and secure victory, which nearly happened when Justin Gilbert was close to intercepting a Bell pass, only to have the ball stripped away by receiver Lacoltan Bester.
 
Ultimately, the Cowboys never made that play. And it hurt.
 
“Unfortunately, the outcome didn’t come out the way we wanted it to,” Lewis said. “You live for games like that. Defense, to make the key play to win the game. That’s what you want. Unfortunately, we didn’t make the play.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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