Domination of the Sooner Nation

The 38-28 victory for the Cowboys proved that the 2001 win over the Sooners wasn't a fluke.

Even the children knew the story of the game, and one wasn't afraid to voice enthusiasm over the Oklahoma State win.

During the Oklahoma press conference that took place inside OSU's Heritage Hall following Saturday's game, a small child wrangled loose from his parents and taunted Sooners coach Bob Stoops in song.

"Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah. You got stomped on. Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah. You got stomped on."

Stoops, who tried to not miss a beat during the firing of questions, looked a little rattled as reality was setting in along with the child's playful singing and dancing.

It is something Stoops hasn't had to do much of in his career at OU. Yet Stoops found himself addressing the media after a loss for the second time this season and after his second-straight Bedlam defeat.

The Cowboys (7-5, 5-3 Big 12) held on to a lead throughout the game, pulling off a 38-28 upset against the No. 3 Sooners (10-2, 6-2).

OU entered Saturday's contest hanging onto national championship hopes, but the thoughts of crimson and creme spending Christmas in Tempe, Ariz., faded quickly as the Cowboys were able to curtail the Sooner offense in the first half, 28-6.

OSU wide receiver Rashaun Woods said he didn't think the Cowboys had a smooth road ahead of them, and at halftime he was figuring out how to make the 22-point margin even wider.

"We can bully up on these boys a lot," Woods said. "But they have the weapons to come back, and we gotta put up a couple more points, a couple more touchdowns; that's what I was thinking."

OSU quarterback Josh Fields, who tossed four touchdown passes, including three to Woods, finished the game with a career high 357 yards passing.

Stoops said Fields just continued the work he started last year, and his heroics once again haunted the Sooner sideline.

"He did a good job last year, and in particular this year," Stoops said. "Sure, I thought he was excellent. I don't know that he threw a bad ball all day. (He was) excellent in executing their plan and throwing the football."

The OU offense, which was coming off a spectacular 60-15 showing against Texas Tech last week, was shut down by the Cowboy defense early in the game.

"The most important aspect of the defense was to disguise a lot," said senior linebacker Terrence Robinson. "The key part of us being a successful defense today was just to give them a good disguise and not let them know what we're doing, whether we're in coverage or we are dropping back in zone or whether we're blitzing."

Robinson said the OSU secondary loomed in the distance, sometimes blitzing, but sometimes crying wolf.

"(Nate Hybl) seemed confused, and that's what we wanted," Robinson said. "We blitzed, we didn't and we played zone. He would see blitz and think we were going to and sometimes we really were.

"But other times it was a decoy — and he fell for it."

The Cowboy defense held OU to six points until the final few minutes of the third quarter. With 4:16 remaining in the third, Hybl connected with wide receiver Brandon Jones in the end zone, narrowing the OSU lead to 35-12.

OU then opted for the two-point conversion attempt, which was successful.

Despite Hybl's 211 passing yards and three touchdown passes, he was taken to his limits by the OSU defense. Under Hybl's direction, the Sooner offense only converted 5-of-14 third down tries.

"You always want to see, whatever you do, pick up a first down," Stoops said. "Again, you execute the play the way it's designed. I'll watch the tape and see what kind of pressure (Hybl) got or what he saw. I'm not gonna sit here and analyze his play in front of all of you. I thought he had a decent day."

OU, which will be representing the South division in the Big 12 Conference Championship next week, trailed the entirety of the contest — something that hasn't happened to the Sooners since Stoops took over the reigns in Norman. The 28-6 showing at halftime was the largest deficit ever for a Stoops-led Sooner team.

"Fortunately for us, this year doesn't go out the window in one game," Stoops said. "We can sit around and take our lumps from this, deservedly so, and we could brood about it or we can shake it off, toughen up and get ourselves in position to win a championship.

"That's the only plus side of tonight. Outside of that, again, we just flat got beat."

After last season's 16-13 win by OSU, Sooner players said they had just mistakenly "overlooked" the OSU game, and had their sights set on the post-season.

Dismissing the fact that his players overlooked OSU this season, Stoops said the Sooners were more than ready for the showdown at Lewis Field.

"I believe our players were ready to play," Stoops said. "We had a good week of practice.

"But, if you played well enough to win, you do win — and we didn't."

OSU senior safety Chris Massey, who recorded five solo tackles in the game, said he was happy to know OU was owning up to the loss fair and square.

"I think we get some respect," Massey said. "They can say last year they overlooked us and what-not; what can they say this year? I mean, they lined up and we just took it to them this year."

In the fourth quarter, the OU offense managed to put a short-lived scare into the sold-out home crowd of 48,500. Mustering 14 fourth quarter points, it still wasn't enough for the Sooners. OSU was able to run more than seven minutes off the clock, ending the drive in a game-clinching field goal by kicker Luke Phillips.

The overall record of the Bedlam series (73-16-7) is one of overwhelming Sooner dominance. However, OSU has gone 5-3 in the meetings that have taken place over the past eight years.

And now, the series that has taken a sharp turn in the direction of Stillwater has rekindled the in-state rivalry feeling for both sides.

"It is amazing to come out and dominate a game two years on a row like we did," Massey said

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