A Wild 4:04

When walking off the field at Boone Pickens Stadium following the Sooners' 47-41 victory over Oklahoma State, wide receivers coach Jay Norvell yelled toward the OU section, "We're going to Dallas, baby!"

Well, you're not exactly going to Dallas, but just half an hour west to the city of Arlington, where the Sooners will be playing in their eighth Big 12 championship game, but close enough. And they'll be playing there against Big 12 North champion Nebraska because of the wildest final four minutes of football OU has probably ever been a part of.

"I was just like, ‘Did that – is this happening right now?'" said junior linebacker Travis Lewis. "I've never felt like that. I was having an anxiety attack. I was just so pumped up."

After the Cowboys pulled to within 33-31 with 4:04 left in the game, the madness ensued.

The Sooners, who everybody expected to just run out the clock, threw and misfired a second-down pass, but came back with a gutsy downfield pass that sent senior wide receiver Cameron Kenney 86 yards for a touchdown.

"I really didn't know if it was thrown to me or not, I just knew I had to run my route as fast as I could and luckily enough I beat him across the middle," said Kenney, who caught six passes for 141 yards and brought in two touchdowns. "Landry put the ball on the money."

Kenney had been written off and fell on the depth chart earlier in the season because of dropping a would-be touchdown pass against Cincinnati, but his contribution in the regular season finale was crazier than anything he's experienced.

"Nope, nope, not at all," he said about never being a part of something like that ending. "It was a great feeling. It was a fast feeling, too."

The touchdown pass left 3:03 on the clock and extended the Sooners' lead to nine points, so surely the game was over, right?

No, it wasn't. Freshman cornerback Justin Gilbert returned the following kickoff 89 yards to the house to make the game a one-possession affair again, and all the Sooners had to do was run out the clock, again.

But once again offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson went away from the usual script for running a clock-killing offense. After running the ball on first down and Oklahoma State called its second timeout of the half, Wilson dialed up another downfield strike, but this time it was to junior tight end James Hanna.

He caught the ball and outran the secondary to score the 76-yard touchdown. The Cowboys tacked on a field goal with less than a minute remaining but could not convert their onside kick attempt that fell into junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles' hands.

The Sooners kneeled down to tick off the final 30 seconds and clinch a berth in the Big 12 Championship game, thanks to winning the three-way tie scenario with the highest BCS ranking.

And it is only fitting that such a crazy ending to a game that truly embodied "Bedlam" leads to a classic and appropriate ending to the Big 12 as we know it.

"What would be more fitting – how exciting to be paired up against Nebraska," said head coach Bob Stoops. "With them departing from us, to have one more go at it is really pretty exciting and special."


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