NORMAN â€” Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State's beast of a wideout, outplayed Jim Thorpe contender Prince Amukamara.
Then, he destroyed preseason All-American Aaron Williams.
For Oklahoma to come out of Stillwater with its eighth consecutive Bedlam victory, Sooner cornerback Jamell Fleming must avoid a similar fate.
This edition of Bedlam offers scores of compelling matchups. Landry Jones vs. Brandon Weeden. OU's linebackers Travis Lewis and Tom Wort vs. running backs Kendall Hunter and Joseph Randle. End Jeremy Beal vs. OSU left tackle Nick Martinez.
But none may be more important for OU than Fleming vs. Blackmon.
A matchup the Sooners don't necessarily have to win. Just one in which they can't get clobbered.
All season, the Cowboys have made hay clobbering opponents downtown with Blackmon, the best in college football at bringing down the jump ball.
Against Nebraska's Amukamara, who is arguably the nation's best corner and figures to be a top 10 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, Blackmon drew a defensive pass interference. A few plays later, he went up over him to bring down a 36-yard catch. And then on a flea-flicker, Blackmon beat Amukamara, then adjusted back to grab the underthrown pass before racing in for an 80-yard touchdown.
Blackmon also tore up Texas' Williams, another projected first-round pick. Early in the game, he burned Williams on a post route for what would have been a touchdown had he not dropped the ball. But then in the second quarter, Blackmon again got isolated on Williams, this time on a go route down the sidelines. While shielding Williams with his hip, Blackmon hauled in the pass for a 67-yard touchdown.
Against Fleming and OU, Blackmon still figures to get his catches and his yards. After all, his lowest single-game receiving total of the season is 125 yards against Washington State, a game in which he also came down with three touchdowns.
But when he's placed in one-on-one situations, Fleming can't afford to get blistered with jump balls downfield. Or miss tackles on short completions that Blackmon repeatedly also turns into big plays. Plays that will flip the momentum OSU's way and fire up what already will be a raucous Boone Pickens Stadium.
Then again, don't expect Fleming to make anything easy for Blackmon, either.
Other than Beal, no Sooner defender is having a better season than Fleming. Athletic and physical, Fleming quietly has developed into an All-Big 12 caliber corner.
Despite missing two games with a sprained ankle, he is tied for second in the Big 12 with four interceptions, and tied for second in the nation with 15 pass breakups.
Breaking up passes will be critical in what will be Fleming's most difficult matchup of his career. It's a matchup Fleming doesn't have to dominate for the Sooners to prevail. Just one in which he needs to hold his own.