Wrapping it up: Bedlam

Final news and notes regarding OU's 33-24 Bedlam win at Oklahoma State.

Putting a nice bow on Oklahoma's 33-24 win at Oklahoma State in a crazy, wild Bedlam contest.

Bell with no nerves

Right before OU quarterback Blake Bell threw the game-winning touchdown pass, the Cowboys called timeout.

OU coach Bob Stoops didn't disagree with the decision by Mike Gundy and said he might have made the same call to settle down his defense as well.

But it also didn't rattle Bell, who said he was ready to go and not fazed at all by the moment.

"I was calm, real calm throughout that time," Bell said. "I was excited because I knew we had a good play called."

Bell had no problems finding Jalen Saunders in the corner of the end zone for the seven-yard score with 19 seconds remaining.

Defense makes adjustments

Oklahoma State running back Desmond Roland had a banner day with 21 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns. But most of that damage came in the first half.

Roland rushed for 110 yards on 12 attempts in the first half before OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was able to make his halftime adjustments.

"They hurt us in the first half with spread zones," Stoops said. "On the run play, our backs were over-scraping. It was just an adjustment. We just played it a little different in the second half."

Knight status unknown

There would have been no dramatic comeback by Bell had Trevor Knight been able to stay in the game. Knight was injured on OU's final offensive play before halftime.

Trying to stretch for the end zone, Knight was hammered on the sideline and didn't return. Stoops said he didn't know the extent, but he did explain what happened.

"He banged up his shoulder," Stoops said. "It's not his throwing shoulder. I'm not sure how severe it is. With all of the zone reads and option read type stuff, we didn't feel like it would be right to put him out there again."

Knight rushed for 47 yards in the game but was unable to get a passing game going in the first half. Bell threw for 140 yards in the second half, including the game-winner.

Timely conversions

It wasn't a great game for either side when it came to third down conversions, but the Sooners made up for that somewhat with the success on fourth down.

OU was a paltry 2 of 15 on third downs, but the Sooners were perfect on all three fourth down conversions. Whether it was a mis-direction play or straight up power, Stoops had all the right answers in this one.

OSU was 2-of-13 on third down and failed in its own fourth down chance when Chuka Ndulue and Gabe Lynn made the stop at the goal line.


"With the extra two weeks we had extra time to work, and we really overloaded the run and we forced them to throw the fade out there with our defense. They threw 10 guys up there, and it's hard to block all 10. We really committed to blocking the goal line run when they go into their big sets." – OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on the goal line stand

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