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OU's Jamell Fleming must hold his own against OSU's Justin Blackmon

By Jake Trotter Modified: November 22, 2010 at 12:46 am •  Published: November 21, 2010

NORMAN — 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.

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