Fewer things are as certain as death and taxes, but after Oklahoma’s continuation of Bedlam dominance last night over Oklahoma State I think we might be able to add to that list.
Tyreek Hill and Mike Gundy stunned the Sooners in Norman last year on a late punt return for a touchdown and subsequent overtime victory by a field goal.
This, not the blowout loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, was the worst part of last year’s 8-5 season.
Sure, the late losses to TCU and Kansas State stung really bad. Baylor’s dominant thrashing hurt.
OSU winning the way they did was insulting.
This is Bedlam. OU doesn’t lose that way in these games. But they did and it was a long year of jokes about punting it again.
Now it’s the Pokes who want to replay something.
Oklahoma dominated Saturday’s Bedlam game in Stillwater. It’s safe the say the only guy who was having a good time in orange was the guy humping the reindeer on TV.
Baker Mayfield was brilliant as always, but this time did not need to use his arm nearly as much as expected. Instead he did it on the ground piling up 77 yards and a touchdown.
The backfield shined too. Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine used a few big runs to make up the bulk of OU’s 334 rushing yards. The freshman beat out Perine by just 3 yards, not a bad showing.
There are a lot of things different between this year’s OU team and last. The biggest might be what was on the line.
Last year it was an opportunity to maybe rise in the bowl selection for the Big 12. The Alamo Bowl was close to home and would provide a matchup the Sooners could slump through or get blown out in like they did in Orlando.
This year provided more of an incentive to beat the Aggies.
Thanks to TCU beating Baylor the night before the game became a defacto Big 12 Championship. And for OU who had just entered the Top 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings this was their last game and chance to impress.
I think they did just that.