Bedlam Postgame: Breaking It Down

STILLWATER, Okla. — The No. 10 Sooners were throttled by Bedlam rival Oklahoma State Saturday night, and Sooners Illustrated digs deeper into this contest most OU fans would rather forget.

Game ball goes to: Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle—Believe it or not, it actually wasn't star receiver Justin Blackmon who torched the Sooners the most. Instead, it was Randle, who finished with 151 yards and two touchdowns, both in the second quarter.

Play of the game: With OU driving inside the red zone and poised to cut into an early 10-0 Cowboys lead, Oklahoma State linebacker Alex Elkins chased down quarterback Landry Jones and stripped the ball loose. Defensive end Jamie Blatnick picked it up and returned it all the way to the 1-yard line. That set up Oklahoma State for a touchdown one play later that made it 17-0, good for at least a 10-point swing, perhaps a 14-point swing.

It was over when: Oklahoma State defensive end Richetti Jones picked up a funky fumble from Jones, his second of the day, and scored it to extend the Cowboys' advantage to 34-3 early in the second half. Perhaps it was already out of reach, but that was the final nail in the coffin.

Surprise of the game:OU's lack of life: The Sooners gave up in the second half, unheard of in the Bob Stoops Era.

The biggest thing we learned: This team just wasn't that good. Losses to Texas Tech and Baylor knocked OU out of the national championship race, but this one showed they just simply weren't worthy of being in that discussion at all.

The biggest concern: Can the Sooners recover for a bowl game? Ranked as the preseason No. 1, they won't be in the national championship, nor will they be a Big 12 representative in the BCS. But can they respond in time to get up and win the Cotton or Alamo Bowl, whichever they go to? That remains to be seen.

Streak snapped: 8 straight victories in the series for the Sooners

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