What’s the one thing better than the Bedlam football game each year? More Bedlam.
In 2012, the OU/OSU game went to overtime for the first time, with the Sooners coming away with a 51-48 thrilling come from behind victory.
Landry Jones threw for 500 yards and three touchdowns in his final game in Norman. And Blake Bell’s 4-yard touchdown run with four seconds left in regulation capped the Sooners’ comeback and led to bonus Bedlam.
Oklahoma State was up by 14 points twice in the first half, but the score was tied at 24 apiece at the half. OSU went up by 11 late in the third, 38-27.
But Oklahoma would not be denied. Jalen Saunders returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown and knotted the game at 38-38 early in the fourth quarter. Each team scored on more TD in a game that barely slowed down even for a moment and the contest was tied 45-45 after 60 minutes of play.
OU’s defense held the Cowboys to a Quinn Sharp 26-yard field goal. Then Brennan Clay’s 18-yard burst into the endzone – his first score of the day – gave the Sooners the win, 51-48.
Former third-stringer Clint Chelf threw for 253 yards and a touchdown in his first road start for the Cowboys. OSU tailback Joseph Randle also ran for 113 yards and 4 TDs.
And for all the fans who downplayed the rivalry aspect of the game, a casual observer needs only to remember the long celebration that followed the Sooners’ win. The rivalry is on and is likely to continue at a high level for many years.