Bedlam Bust: OSU ends OU's 'Run For The Roses'

Oklahoma quarterback Nate Hybl (8) and back up quarterback Hunter Wall (14) watch as the final seconds of the Big 12 game against Oklahoma State tick off as OSU beat the Sooners 16-13 Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001 in Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma's run for the roses is over.

A year ago in Stillwater, the Oklahoma State came oh so close, but failed to derail the Sooners' run to the national title when Aso Pogi's pass in the last minute was batted down by Derrick Strait in the corner of the end zone. This year, Oklahoma State did what they couldn't a season ago on a similarly eerie play in the games final minutes.

Oklahoma State receiver Rashaun Woods caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Josh Fields in the corner of the end zone late in the fourth quarter to give the Cowboys a 16-13 win, ending the Sooners' 19-game home winning streak and any hopes of a Big 12 and National Championship.

"I don't think we came into this game unprepared and looking ahead to next week. The team was out-played and I was out-coached. That's really the only excuse I have for this loss," said disappointed Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops.

After a 22-yard field goal by Tim Duncan to put Oklahoma up 13-6 with 8:46 to go in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma State scored the games final 10 points capped by Woods' spectacular catch in the corner of the South end zone with 1:36 to go in the game.

On the same drive completed by Duncan's 22-yarder, the Sooners had driven the ball to the Oklahoma State four-yard line. OSU stuffed Oklahoma running back Quentin Griffin on first down and Oklahoma quarterback Nate Hybl couldn't connect with freshman receiver Mark Clayton on second and third down, and the Sooners were forced to attempt a field goal.

"Was there anything we could have done better? How about everything," said Stoops of the Oklahoma offense that once again struggled in the red zone and only managed 220 yards of total offense against the Cowboys. "Not making short-yard situations killed us. If you keep kicking field goals, it will eventually catch up to you."

Woods' touchdown catch in the final minutes of the game completed a six-play, 65-yard drive that took the Cowboys only 1:29 to shred the Sooner defense who had been on the field for over 30 minutes in the game.

"Give Oklahoma State credit," said Stoops. "They made the keys plays all over the field and simply out-executed us. It was especially apparent on the last drive with their receivers making diving catches."

"They outplayed us in every position," said Oklahoma defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson. "We practiced well all week and we were confident coming into this game. We didn't do what we needed to do, and OSU did."

"Their touchdown drive at the end was a good one. You have to give them credit."

Oklahoma's offense struggled all day moving the ball against Oklahoma State's defense, while OSU's offense didn't against a very stout OU defense that played with their backs against the wall for most of the game.

After throwing two interceptions to Strait in the first quarter, Oklahoma State quarterback Aso Pogi was replaced by true freshmen Josh Fields midway through the first quarter.

Oklahoma quickly took advantage of Fields early in the second quarter when Quentin Griffin capped a three-play, 17-yard drive, following a Matt McCoy interception of Fields, with an eight-yard touchdown run to give the Sooners a 7-0 lead.

But the true freshman from Stillwater, who was recruited but never offered a scholarship by the Sooners, wasn't rattled, leading the Cowboys down the field on a 12-play, 71-yard drive following drive following Griffin's touchdown run, resulting in a 26-yard field goal by Luke Phillips to cut the OU lead to 7-3 at the 4:40 mark of the second quarter.

"He threw the ball well throughout the game and it wasn't like we were missing assignments in the secondary," said Stoops of the Cowboys freshman quarterback who completed 19 of 38 passes, including the game-winning touchdown pass to Woods, for 231 yards. "He did an excellent job throwing the ball where it needed to go."

Oklahoma immediately responded with a 13-play, 74-yard drive of their own and took a 10-3 lead with 53 seconds left in the first half when Tim Duncan drilled a 23-yard field goal.

Duncan then kicked the ensuing kick-off out of bounds, giving the Cowboys the ball at the 35-yard line. The Cowboys then ran the two-minute drill to perfection with a five-play, 30-yard drive finished by Phillips' second field goal of the day, this time a 52-yarder to cut the lead to 10-6 with five second left in the half.

"We didn't play like we should at all. We prepared all week and we were ready. We just didn't make plays. This really hurts as a team because all of our goals just go out the window," said senior receiver Josh Norman.

"We can and will react well to this. This team has a lot of integrity and character. We are going to keep working and give it our all. We can go to a bowl now and play like Oklahoma Sooners should."

The loss marks the first time Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops has lost at home in his third year in Norman and the first time Oklahoma State has won in Norman since Nov. 8, 1997 when the Cowboys won 30-7.

"I feel bad for the players who made significant contributions to this program over the last three years," said Stoops. " As for this season, one game doesn't overshadow what we've done. To be 10-2, not a lot of people can say that."

"We have great respect for taking the field at Memorial Stadium," said Oklahoma State Head Coach Les Miles. "We understand the history behind Sooner football. Coach Stoops and his staff have done a great job. We will root for them from this time forward. We just needed to show everyone we are a good football team."

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