As the rain came down in Norman on Saturday, the Big 12 title came down to Bedlam for the second straight season. Oklahoma State was coming off a 7 game winning streak, and Oklahoma was on a 9 game winning streak. Very impressive to say the least. The OU defense was being scrutinized for their secondary, as usual, and OSU was being touted for their passing attack that has been phenomenal all season. The matchup looked to be one for the ages, and the possibility of OSU winning in Norman for the second time in 3 years wasn’t crazy talk. The David and Goliath analogy hasn’t held up in recent years, so would it on Saturday?
Oklahoma State took an early 3-0 lead before OU would answer with a touchdown of their own, and then would get a field goal to take a 7 point lead. But Mason Rudolph and company would answer right back, and tie the game at 10. The OSU defense was keeping the Oklahoma running back duo of Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine in check for the game at that point, but how long could they keep it up?
After OU had to punt, the Pokes drove down the field and took a 17-10 lead via Mason Rudolph’s 6-yard touchdown run. It didn’t take long for Mayfield to reply for the Sooners, and he found Geno Lewis for a 10-yard touchdown to knot the game up right before half. Oklahoma State had a chance to get into field position with under 30 seconds left in the half after Barry Sanders Jr. took the kickoff to midfield, but Mike Gundy played it safe, and let the game go into halftime, tied.
OU would start the half by having Perine pop loose for 66 yards to eventually set up a touchdown for the Sooners, and take a 24-17 lead. Mason Rudolph and the OSU offense sputtered and struggled in response, and would never find their rhythm for the rest of the game. Oklahoma, on the other hand, would find their groove and extend their lead to 31-17 after Joe Mixon caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield. OSU would get into the OU redzone twice for the remainder of the game, and only come up with 3 points. The Sooners really nailed in the Pokes coffin when Joe Mixon took the ball 79 yards to paydirt in order to give OU a 38-20 advantage.
Oklahoma had a chance to extend their lead at the very end of the game, but took a knee and ended the contest. OU has won their 10th Big 12 title under Bob Stoops, and continued the Sooners’ dominance in the Bedlam series. OSU now awaits their bowl bid and another chance end their year with double digit wins. Just something to think about as the college football season awaits the 4-team playoff games.