For the second consecutive week, Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones had a 500-yard passing game that led the Sooners to a crazy, 51-48 OT win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the annual Bedlam battle.
It was the last home game for the Seniors, and winning the Bedlam battle that hasn’t been played on their home turf for two years was something these players wanted more than anything. If you were at the game like I was and seeing the Pokes go up 14-3 after the first quarter, you probably thought otherwise. The Cowboys had removed the Sooner home crowd completely from the game. The Sooners offense didn’t give up as quickly as the crowd did, bringing the team right back into it.
Jones had another night of records. He surpassed former Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Graham Harrell as the Big 12‘s all-time passing leader. He also became the first FBS QB ever to throw for 3000 yards and 26 touchdowns in 4 seasons. He broke another Sooner record with passes attempted in a game, throwing 41-71 with one interception.
The Sooners didn’t lead once in regulation, but this team wasn’t going down without a fight. Since Bob Stoops has been in Norman, the Sooners have only lost 3 times at home before this season. Both of their losses this year had come at home and no one wanted to be responsible for the third. The Sooners wanted redemption from last season’s embarrassing 44-10 loss and if the Pokes were able to pull off the upset in Norman, it would be the first time since 2002 that they have won two in a row, and the first time for Cowboys coach Mike Gundy.
The game-changing play of the night was Jalen Saunders‘ 81-yard kickoff return that tied it up at 38. The crowd was already back into things and his kickoff return made it ear-piercing in Owen Field. The Cowboys answered by driving the ball down the field and scoring bringing the game back up to 45-38. After a three-and-out drive from both offenses, Jones got the ball back with about six minutes left on the clock and calmly and efficiently moved the ball down the field, getting them in scoring position with just seconds left. The Belldozer came out on the field and punches it in from 4-yards out, tying it up at 45 all. For the first time in its 108-year history, the Bedlam Battle went into overtime.
The Sooners defense stepped it up in OT, holding the Cowboys to only a field goal. The Sooners responded with what they needed to win the game, an 18-yard touchdown run from Brennan Clay.
I’ve seen a lot of Bedlam battles and this was one of the most exciting out of all of them. When you look up the word Bedlam in the dictionary it states: a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion. The 2012 Bedlam game was just that.