NORMAN — Not long before Bedlam, Bob Stoops took Allen Patrick aside and told him to forget about the fumble.
Because Stoops had let it go, Patrick was able to let it go, too.
"He told me to clear my head,” Patrick said. "He told me not to worry about last week and to play my game.”
Coming off the worst game of his career, Patrick played his best against Oklahoma State as the Sooners rolled to their fifth consecutive Bedlam victory 49-17 Saturday before 85,238 at Owen Field to clinch the Big 12 South championship for the sixth time in Stoops' nine seasons at OU.
"I'm really proud of Allen Patrick,” said Stoops, who gave Patrick the first game ball in the locker room. "He is a hard-playing, tough example for our team.”
With leading rusher DeMarco Murray out with a dislocated kneecap, Patrick carried the rushing load against the Cowboys.
In all, Patrick finished with a career-high 202 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns, displaying a blend of speed and power not seen since OU's Big 12 opener at Colorado.
Before OSU, Patrick had 236 yards combined over OU's last six games, a total he nearly outdid against the Pokes alone.
"I felt like my old self today,” Patrick said. "I wasn't playing my best football for a period of time.
"I wanted to come out here and show everybody I could still run the ball.”
This week leading up to Bedlam had been rough on Patrick, after he fumbled on OU's first offensive play last weekend at Texas Tech.
Not only did the Red Raiders recover, quarterback Sam Bradford was knocked out of the game with a concussion after tackling Tech's Marlon Williams, who had picked up the ball.
The play deflated the Sooner sideline, and they couldn't rebound in time to avoid a 34-27 upset, which knocked OU out of the national title race.
Last week, Stoops didn't shy away from pointing out to the media how critical Patrick's fumble was.