It was Bedlam in the Big 12 as the No. 17 Oklahoma Sooners traveled to Stillwater to take on the No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys. There were more than bragging rights on the line in this in-state rivalry, the Cowboys needed a win over the Sooners to clinch a share of the Big 12 Championship and a BCS bowl berth.
Things got off to a fast start for the Cowboys with a long touchdown run seconds into the game. A penalty called it back however. It took the Cowboys till later in the first quarter to finally get in the end zone with a one-yard touchdown run from Desmond Roland . It capped an impressive 10 play, 99-yard drive.
On the second play of the drive, running back Desmond Roland ran for six yards. He followed that up with a 10 yard reception on the next play. The Cowboys went back to Roland for a third time on the drive and he broke off a 23-yard run.
A couple of runs by Jeremy Smith followed by a couple of passes to Josh Stewart had the Cowboys knocking on the door. Roland than took a six-yard run to the one-yard line. Roland finally punched it in on the following play.
The Sooners got back on the board shortly after. They had to punt on the following drive, but then held Oklahoma State to a three-and-out. The Cowboys punted and Oklahoma’s Jalen Saunders returned the punt 49 yards for a touchdown.
The Cowboys were in a fourth and goal situation from the one-yard line early in the second quarter. They elected to go for it, but Oklahoma’s defense held and kept them out of the end zone.
The Cowboys next drive resulted in points however. They started off with great field position at the Sooners’ 41-yard line. They got to the 24, before kicking a field goal to retake the lead. On the following drive the Sooners marched down the field and kicked a field goal to tie the game at 10 heading into halftime.
The Cowboys took a lead again early in the third quarter on their first drive of the half. They marched 82 yards down field in seven plays and about a minute and a half. The score was a 15-yard pass to running back Desmond Roland who slipped out of the backfield on a wheel route. He was wide open as well.
Every time the Cowboys got a score, Oklahoma answered to tie it up. To get down field they needed some help and that included some creative play calling. They dialed up a double reverse that ended up in a 37-yard run by Jalen Saunders.
Following a pass to the back of the end zone that was ruled an incomplete pass, the Sooners look resigned to take a field goal from the eight-yard line.
Holder Grant Bothun got the ball and rolled out to his left while kicker Michael Hunnicutt ran towards the pylon. Bothun hit Hunnicutt with a pass on the run to score a game-tying touchdown pass in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Sooners took a three-point lead over the Cowboys on a 39-yard field goal from Hunnicutt. There was some back and forth between the Sooners and the Cowboys in the fourth quarter trading punts.
The Cowboys got the ball back at their 11-yard line with 4:27 left in the game needing to score to win the game and keep their BCS hopes alive. Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf completed four straight passes for 85 yards to put the Cowboys on the five-yard line. It took Roland three runs, but he finally punched it in for a touchdown to go ahead by four points.
That led to a fury of a finish in the Bedlam game which lived up to its name. Oklahoma got the ball on their 34-yard line with 1:46 left in the game.
The Sooners drove down the field quickly getting a few lucky plays. There was a pass interference and an interception was knocked loose. There was also pass from Blake Bell that looked like he had been over the line of scrimmage, though replay showed he was behind the line.
Quarterback Blake Bell hit Jalen Saunders in the back corner of the end zone to score on a seven-yard pass and go ahead 27-20 and take a lead with 19 seconds left in the game.
The Cowboys couldn’t get it done on their last possession. On the final play they tried a lot of lateraling which resulted in another Oklahoma touchdown giving the Sooners a 33-24 win.