STILLWATER — Oklahoma’s soccer gamers — equally excited and exhausted — lumbered off the Boone Pickens Stadium subject on Saturday night time.
The Sooners’ 62-52 victory over Oklahoma State featured an explosion of offense. Everything was excessive gear. Nothing idled in impartial as neither protection may clear up its opponent all night.
While the Big 12 battle took a bodily toll on OU (it lasted Four hours, 16 minutes), it should kickstart the upcoming week with its objective of successful a Big 12 title and nationwide championship nonetheless in place.
“I think our whole team is spent,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley mentioned. “It was like a 15-rounder. It was a heavyweight battle and both teams left it all on the line.”
Bedlam was entertaining for everybody besides OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and his OSU counterpart, Glenn Spencer.
The groups mixed for probably the most factors in Bedlam historical past. Fifteen touchdowns have been scored in a recreation that was knotted 38-all at halftime. The rivals mixed for 17 performs that went for 30-plus yards.
There was one participant who stood out among the many relaxation.
OU quarterback Baker Mayfield had a 7-yard landing run within the second quarter that appeared like simply one other TD in an avalanche of factors.
If viewers paused their TV display screen on the exact second, they’d have been reminded of the Heisman Trophy pose when Mayfield stiff-armed OSU linebacker Justin Phillips, which resembled the long-lasting pose on the trophy awarded to varsity soccer’s prime participant.
Mayfield took a giant step in his Heisman Trophy chase within the victory. He threw for an OU-record 598 yards, finishing 24-of-36 pbades and tossing 5 landing pbades. Each time OSU made a run on the Sooners, Mayfield’s offense had a solution.
It’s a highlight-reel win that may garner Heisman votes. But the senior quarterback wasn’t fascinated by discussing his post-season award circuit
“I’m not worried about winning that. I’m worried about winning ballgames,” Mayfield mentioned. “We had nice stats tonight as a result of we did our job. Guys up entrance protected nicely, receivers and operating backs that caught the ball, they made performs. They made performs for me.
“And yeah, whenever you play a recreation like this and you’ve got the ball that many instances, you’re gonna have numbers. We simply have an amazing offense. We performed nicely tonight and it’s on to the following one for us.”
Mayfield’s at all times had a safety blanket throughout his first two seasons. In 2015, Sterling Shepard was his go-to participant. Last season, Dede Westbrook received a Biletnikoff Award after changing into Mayfield’s prime goal.
In the season’s most vital month, Marquise Brown has emerged as an offensive risk.
The sophomore made his Bedlam debut with 9 catches for 265 yards. He had two touchdowns — one for 84 yards and one other for 77 — to double his profession complete to 4 receptions of 66-plus yards.
“This game, I really studied the DBs more than any other game,” Brown mentioned. “Even last night, me and Jeff Badet was up until 1 in the morning just watching how they play, their technique. I just knew how to attack them. I was just going for them on every play.”
No greater than 11 factors ever separated the groups in a College Football Playoff elimination recreation.
The second quarter featured seven touchdowns between the Bedlam rivals and one Oklahoma subject objective (which most likely felt like a win for the OSU protection) as they have been tied 38-all at intermission.
OU took a 48-38 lead into the fourth quarter earlier than having to climate a giant OSU comeback.
The Sooners led 55-52 when the Cowboys moved the soccer to their 45-yard line. Mason Rudolph’s go was intercepted by Tre Brown, however proper earlier than the choose Will Johnson was flagged for a focusing on name which returned the ball to OSU.
Four performs later, Rudolph’s go supposed for Tyron Johnson was overthrown and OU took over with one minute remaining.
“I’m really proud of our guys. We struggled all day to stop them and to be able to do it twice …” Stoops mentioned. “We thought the game was over and then have what happened again, to do it again. We made the plays when we had to do throughout the course of the game.”
OSU managed 661 yards of offense, with 448 coming via the air.
The Sooners had points within the secondary, which should be rectified rapidly. On the final sequence, three true freshmen joined senior Steven Parker within the defensive backfield after Will Johnson (ejection), Jordan Thomas (damage) and Parnell Motley (coaches choice) weren’t obtainable.
“It wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination,” Stoops mentioned. “Our coverage was porous most of the day. We were fortunate enough to make some stops in critical situations.”
Survive and advance is a March Madness time period, however it’s also ok for an Oklahoma group centered on its targets.
Mayfield thinks Saturday’s Bedlam win will resonate with the CFP choice committee which plots the rankings.
“We’re a great team on the road. We win ballgames, no matter how you put it. We win ballgames. And right now, that’s all that matters,” Mayfield mentioned. “Championship November, you retain successful and we’ll deal with our personal future. I’m not precisely positive who misplaced throughout the nation, however our job is to win, and I believe that’ll deal with (itself).
“We’ll see the place we stand on the finish of the yr.”
No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 11 Oklahoma State
three p.m. Saturday, Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater
TV: FS1 • Radio: KTBZ am 1430, KFAQ am1170
Satellite radio: Sirius 108 (OSU), 132 (OU); XM 200 (OSU), 199 (OU)
Records: Oklahoma 7-1, Four-1 Big 12; Oklahoma State 7-1, Four-1
Series: OU leads 86-18-7
Last badembly: OU defeated OSU 38-20 on Dec. three in Norman, to clinch the Big 12 championship.
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