All plays matter but some factor into the game’s outcome more than others. Here are the five plays that told the story of Bedlam between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
No. 3 OU 58, No. 11 OSU 23
Play No. 1: Ross ignites spark
All season OU and its fans have been waiting for the special teams to do something, anything to try to lift the Sooners and ignite a spark.
It finally happened. OSU was in front 3-0 and carrying a bit of momentum when returner Alex Ross took it all back in one fell swoop.
Ross had his longest return of the season by far, a 90-yarder to set up OU’s first touchdown on a pass from quarterback Baker Mayfield to wide receiver Sterling Shepard on the very next play.
Ross was supposed to be a home run threat all season for OU. Didn’t really pan out that way, but he delivered a timely one in Bedlam.
Play No. 2: Perine takes it to the house
For some reason, OU’s game plan was to go aerial initially. It led some to believe that maybe Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon were a little more injured than previously thought.
And then Perine went nearly untouched for a 68-yard score to make it 14-10 late in the first quarter that ended that line of thinking. The funny part about this run continues to be Dede Westbrook.
He said following the game he didn’t have to block. His defender was still believing a pass might be thrown his way so Perine just followed Westbrook and cruised into the end zone.
Perine added another 131 yards in this one and two more scores as OU rushed for more than 300 yards once again.
Play No. 3: Mayfield finds Westbrook
The Sooners were up 21-10 midway through the second quarter. OU has had so many chances to put teams away early in the second quarter only to commit a costly turnover and extend the drama.
Not this time. OU had already converted one third down, and on this one, Mayfield found Westbrook a 26-yard gain to the OSU 5 yard line.
It was a nice call on third-and-12 and give an assist to Sterling Shepard for the rub to open up the field for Westbrook to make the catch and get rolling.
Mayfield connected with Dimitri Flowers for a touchdown on the very next play.
Play No. 4: Thomas earns pick-six
OSU was desperate and Mike Gundy tried to get something going by putting in injured quarterback Mason Rudolph on the next series.
Did not work. Backfired. Rudolph had no mobility whatsoever on his injured ankle and was nearly picked on second down by Zack Sanchez.
He was intercepted on third down by Jordan Thomas, who then went 32 yards for the touchdown to make it OU 34-10 with seven minutes left in the second quarter.
There was still a lot of time left, but it already felt like Bedlam had been completed.
Play No. 5: Mayfield calls his name
It wasn’t an epic comeback, but OSU slowly started to creep back into the game. Back-to-back field goals had made it 44-23 midway through the third quarter.
OU faced a fourth-and-one at the OSU 35 yard line. With everybody thinking Samaje Perine, Mayfield called his own number and had the entire left side of the field open.
He went for 27 yards on the play and later scored on a 5-yard run to put the Sooners over the 50-point mark and ice Bedlam once and for all.