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           === Bedlam reigns again as Sooners deny OSU a BCS bid ===
 
 Stillwater,  OK (SportsNetwork.com)  - Beating  a rival  is a  blissful event.
 Thwarting  an  adversary's bid at  a conference championship makes the triumph
 even sweeter.
 
 The 18th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners played spoiler on Saturday afternoon, topping
 Oklahoma  State  by a 33-24  score in the latest  edition of the Bedlam Series
 while  also  denying the No.  6 Cowboys the Big  12 title and the conference's
 automatic BCS bid.
 
 Blake  Bell, subbing  for an injured Trevor Knight, threw the go-ahead, 7-yard
 touchdown  pass to  Jalen Saunders  with 19  seconds remaining  in the  fourth
 quarter.
 
 Oklahoma  answered Desmond  Roland's 1-yard touchdown run, which had given the
 Cowboys a 24-20 lead a little over a minute earlier.
 
 The  decisive Oklahoma  drive began with 1:46 to play and two Sterling Shepard
 catches  along with  a defensive pass interference penalty set up a first down
 at the Oklahoma State 30.
 
 Saunders, who returned a punt for the Sooners' first touchdown, made a 13-yard
 grab  on  3rd-and-10 and a  10-yard Brennan  Clay reception preceded the game-
 winning score.
 
 On  the game's  final play,  a desperation  lateral led  to an  Oklahoma State
 fumble that Eric Striker returned for a 3-yard touchdown.
 
 Bell  had 140  yards on 10-of-16 passing  in relief of Knight, who injured his
 non-throwing shoulder late in the opening half.
 
 Clay  totaled  70 yards on  24 carries for Oklahoma  (10-2, 7-2 Big 12), which
 defeated a Cowboys team that had won seven games in a row and snapped Oklahoma
 State's home winning streak at nine games.
 
 Clint  Chelf  completed 19-of-35 passes for  200 yards with a touchdown and an
 interception  for  the Cowboys (10-2,  7-2), who needed  a win to secure their
 second  conference title in three years and earn, in all likelihood, a spot in
 the Fiesta Bowl. They will instead finish in a three-way tie for second in the
 league standings, one game behind Baylor, which beat Texas in a de facto title
 game later Saturday.
 
 "I'm  very proud of  our players for what they've done up to this point," said
 Oklahoma  State head  coach Mike Gundy. "I  told them that in the locker room.
 I'm certainly not disappointed in them; I'm just disappointed for them because
 they've  been  a really good  group for  us. They've been  fun to coach and be
 around and just to see how they've developed as a team. Unfortunately, we just
 came up a little bit short today."
 
 Roland  rushed 21  times for 144 yards and  two scores and he also caught a TD
 pass.
 
 Both teams capitalized on turnovers in the third quarter.
 
 Oklahoma   head  coach  Bob  Stoops  initially  went  to  Kendal  Thompson  at
 quarterback  following the injury to Knight. The redshirt sophomore was picked
 off  to  begin the second  half and the  takeaway resulted in Roland's 15-yard
 TD catch.
 
 Later  in the  frame, it was Chelf's  turn to throw an interception. A 37-yard
 dash  by  Saunders on a double  reverse set up  a first-and-goal at the OSU 7.
 Daytawion Lowe dislodged a would-be TD pass to Brannon Green on third down.
 
 The  Sooners were in formation to attempt a field goal, but ran a fake and the
 holder Grant Bothun threw an 8-yard TD pass to kicker Michael Hunnicutt, tying
 the game at 17-17 with 2:35 left in the third.
 
 "I felt at that point, here we are on our third quarterback and I just thought
 a  field  goal wasn't going to  be good enough,"  Stoops said. "I knew we were
 going  to need more than that, we had a numbers advantage out to that side and
 the  way  they were  lining up  and it worked  out that  way. Grant Bothun and
 Hunnicutt executed it really well."
 
 Hunnicutt drilled a 39-yarder to put Oklahoma up 20-17 with 10:01 to go in the
 fourth quarter.
 
 The Cowboys appeared to get off to an electrifying start, but Roland's 75-yard
 TD run on the opening snap from scrimmage was called back because of a holding
 penalty.
 
 Oklahoma  got into Cowboys territory on both of its first two possessions, but
 were  forced  to punt and  twice downed the ball  at the Oklahoma State 1-yard
 line.
 
 The  Cowboys,  starting from the  shadow of their own  end zone a second time,
 orchestrated a 10-play, 99-yard drive that Roland capped with a short TD run.
 
 Oklahoma State went three-and-out on its next drive and Saunders tied the game
 by  returning the ensuing  punt 64 yards for a touchdown with 18 seconds to go
 in the first quarter.
 
 The  Cowboys  looked to  counter and Roland's  51-yard scamper highlighted the
 team's  march  to the  Oklahoma 1.  However, the  Sooners came  up with a huge
 goal-line stand as Roland was stopped for a loss on fourth down.
 
 Oklahoma  State  did regain the  lead on Ben  Grogan's 41-yard field goal, but
 the  Sooners knotted  the score again on Hunnicutt's 21-yarder with 38 seconds
 left in the second quarter.
 
 The  Oklahoma game-tying  drive consisted of 15 plays, including a fourth-down
 conversion.  Facing  a 4th-and-1  at the  Oklahoma State  44, Knight moved the
 chains with a play fake and an option pitch to Saunders, who ran for 12 yards.
 
 Knight was shaken up on the play prior to the Hunnicutt field goal when he was
 forced to scramble and knocked out of bounds at the Oklahoma State 4.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Sooners  have registered at least  10 wins in  a season for the 12th time
 under  Stoops ...  Hunnicutt set a single-season OU record with 23 field goals
 ... Saunders became the first Oklahoma player with multiple punt return TDs in
 a season since Antonio Perkins had four in 2003 ... The Cowboys have forced at
 least one turnover in 20 straight games.
 
 
 
 12/07 19:08:46 ET

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