OU Football: Sooners outlast Pokes, 51-48,in Bedlam classic


Nov 24, 2012; Norman OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Brennan Clay (24) breaks free from Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Shamiel Gary (7) for winning touchdown run in overtime at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Anytime Oklahoma State extended their lead, it was never devastating. When the Sooners needed a play, they got it. It was one of the most clutch performances witnessed by a Bob Stoops team.

Oklahoma rallied from a two touchdown deficit to knot this game up at 24 before halftime. The second half, OU gave up multiple opportunities to take a lead in this game. However, with six minutes remaining, Landry Jones led a drive down field that could only end in a Blake Bell touchdown on fourth and one to send this one in to overtime.

After a long game for Oklahoma’s defense, they made a huge stop in overtime and limited the Pokes to a field goal. Then on the second play of OU’s overtime possession, Brennan Clay was ready for the party to begin in Norman and busted 18 yards to the end zone in walk-off fashion.

It was something Norman does not get to see quite often. OU rallied and overcame adversity against their in-state rival. It was not pretty for the entire 60+ minutes of football, but they won. That is all that matters.

Does Landry have his Bedlam moment now? Heck, that may be the highlight of his career. Jones for the second consecutive week came through in the clutch and helped put the Sooners in a position to win.

No disrespect to Sam Bradford, but I will take Landry’s game-saving drive over Bradford’s helicopter flip any day. It was an amazing way to end your OU home career, and maybe fans will appreciate it more once Blake Bell is thrown in to the fire next season, but for right now, give Landry credit.

The defense has been torched for two weeks, and I understand the complaints. However, this team got stops when they certainly needed them. Sure the Cowboys pounced on the Sooners early and opened the second half with a long touchdown pass. Those things are depressing at the time, but the defense held Oklahoma State several times late in the game to aid another weekend of video game stats from the offense.

As great as it is to win Bedlam in that matter, OU still has some work to do. If Texas can do the unimaginable and knock off Kansas State in Manhattan, then all the Sooners need is a victory in Fort Worth to win the conference outright.

A BCS bowl is not a guarantee, though, a consolation trip to the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M or LSU does not sound too bad.

Does OU need a few adjustments on defense? Certainly. However, be satisfied with the win and, if you were in Norman, go brag to all your friends how you went to the greatest Bedlam game ever. Because it was, and it only makes next year’s contest even more heated. See ya next December, Pokes.