STILLWATER – Never before has Bedlam decided the Big 12 Championship. And Oklahoma made sure to walk away from Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday night with its ninth conference title under Bob Stoops with a thorough 58-23 victory against rival Oklahoma State.
The Sooners (11-1, 8-1 Big 12 Conference) won their seventh straight game and their fifth of the season against an AP ranked team, while notching 11 wins in a season under Stoops for the 11th time – but only the second since 2010.
They did it by yet again dominating their in-state rival on the road, where Oklahoma has won six of the past seven times.
Saturday’s 35-point margin was the largest margin of victory for Oklahoma in the rivalry since 2003. It was the most points scored by Oklahoma in Bedlam since 1980.
No. 3 Oklahoma scored on its final five possessions of the first half to post the highest single-half total in a Bedlam matchup since 1970 (44 points).
Quarterback Baker Mayfield, who made his final case for the Heisman Trophy, went 17-for-25 and threw for 180 yards while scoring three total touchdowns, and the Sooners running back tandem of Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine both eclipsed 100 yards on the ground and averaged 8.6 yards per carry (267 combined yards and four touchdowns).
The defense, which ranked first in the Big 12 in the five major categories entering the game, allowed just touchdowns to help give Oklahoma its seventh victory against a team with a winning record – tied for second in the nation.
Bedlam had a direct impact on the Big 12 Championship in five of the past eight seasons, but Oklahoma took home the title in the first winner-take-all version of the rivalry to likely send the Sooners to the College Football Playoff.