Battle of Bedlam produces first Conference Champion

With #7 ranked Baylor losing 28-21 yesterday to #19 TCU in Double-Overtime, that opened the door for either #3 ranked Oklahoma or #11 ranked Oklahoma State to win the outright Big 12 title.

Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield led Oklahoma on a brilliant opening drive, but the drive stalled at the Oklahoma State 30 and as a result they had to attempt a 47-yard field goal which came up short.  His Cowboys counterpart J.W. Walsh led Oklahoma State deep into Oklahoma territory, and made possible a Ben Grogan 43-yard field goal which turned into a 3-0 Cowboys lead.

Oklahoma responded with a miraculous 90-yard kickoff return by Alex Ross which setup a Sooners touchdown.  A 4-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to receiver Sterling Shepard gave the Sooners a 7-3 lead.  Not to be outdone Walsh responded with a 26-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jhajuan Seales to give Oklahoma State a 10-7 lead.  Sooners running back Samaje Perine ran for a 68 yard touchdown to reclaim the lead for Oklahoma.  It was 14-10 at the end of the first quarter.

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Mayfield had 180 passing yards but also played mistake free football. He threw for two passing touchdowns and rushed for one, adding to a Heisman worthy resume.

The second quarter started with the Sooners other running back Joe Mixon recording a 66-yard rushing touchdown.  This gave Oklahoma a 21-10 lead it never looked back from.  Mayfield then threw his second passing touchdown on a 5-yard score to receiver Dimitri Flowers.  That made it 28-10 Oklahoma.

Mason Rudolph replaced Walsh as quarterback but things went from bad to worse for the Cowboys as Oklahoma intercepted Rudolph on his first drive and cornerback Jordan Thomas returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.  The Sooners missed the PAT but the score was still 34-10.

Oklahoma State showed signs of life when Walsh came back into the game, throwing a 72-yard touchdown pass to James Washington to make the score 34-17.  Perine however recorded his second rushing touchdown with a 25-yard score to give his team a 41-17 lead.  Walsh threw an interception later to Jordan Thomas who recorded his second pick of the game.  Oklahoma attempted a 40-yard field goal which Austin Seibert made to give the Sooners a 44-17 lead.  Grogan then made one for 36 yards for the Cowboys to make it 44-20 going into the halftime break.

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The Oklahoma backfield was responsible for a whopping 200+ rushing yards in the first half.

The scoring for the third quarter started with Grogan making another field goal making him 3/3 on the night.  His 21-yarder made it 44-23.  Mayfield responded with a 5-yard rushing touchdown to give Oklahoma a 51-23 lead.

The fourth quarter started with Mixon recording a 6-yard touchdown run to give him his second rushing score of the game.  That made it 58-23 Oklahoma and finalized the scoring.

J.W. Walsh led all passers with 325 yards and two passing touchdowns, but had one interception.  Joe Mixon led all rushers with 136 yards and two rushing touchdowns, with his backfield counterpart Samaje Perine just behind him with 131 yards and two scores of his own.  James Washington led all receivers with 169 yards and a touchdown.

Oklahoma definitely made a case that it belongs in the College Football Playoff.  The next week will determine who the other three teams are likely going to be in as well.

 

 

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