NORMAN — It was a fitting way for an unpredictable game to end: the No. 2 running back for the team that struggled to run the ball darted 18 yards right up the middle for a game-winning touchdown.
Brennan Clay’s run on Oklahoma’s only overtime possession was the only play that didn’t have an equal Oklahoma State reaction on Saturday. It was the difference in the 14th-ranked Sooners’ 51-48 overtime victory at Owen Field.
Clay’s eyes relayed what an insane afternoon it was when told OU never led until he crossed the goal line.
“I did not realize that.” he said. “That’s crazy.”
It seemed to fit right in. The list of abnormalities was lengthy.
· Clay’s run was the deciding factor even though OU quarterback Landry Jones threw for 500 yards, three touchdowns, but only completed 64.8 percent (46-for-71) of his passes.
· The Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) erased double-digit deficits in both halves.
· OU never led until the final play despite piling up 618 yards and a school record 44 first downs — the second most in NCAA history — on 106 plays.
· The Cowboys (7-4, 5-3) never trailed until the final play in overtime despite only forcing two punts.
“Initially, the only thing it reminded me of was our Big 12 championship game with Nebraska (in 2010),” OU coach Bob Stoops said recalling OU’s victory two years ago in Cowboy Stadium that included a rally from an early 17-0 deficit. “For some reason, we had a certain calm about it.”
There was a lot to panic about early in the game. The Sooners fell behind 14-0 after a little less than nine minutes. There was a strong sense OU was on the verge of getting blown out of their own stadium.
Once again, OU’s run defense was carved up. OSU running back Joseph Randle rushed for four touchdowns and quarterback Clint Chelf rushed for 63 yards. Chelf tossed in another 253 yards through the air.