NORMAN — The celebration at Owen Field early Saturday evening was as big as it’s been after any Oklahoma victory in years.
Running back Brennan Clay’s 18-yard touchdown to give the Sooners a 51-48 win over Oklahoma State in overtime sent the place into a state of euphoria.
OSU coach Mike Gundy noticed it.
“I can’t speak for them, but it was a big celebration,” he said. “I think now there is a respect that is present now that maybe hasn’t been before.”
These late November or early December Bedlam meetings have become some of college football’s most fiercely contested games.
The Sooners’ victory on Saturday was their 83rd in the 107 games with the Cowboys. However, OU’s last two victories in the series were in games that came down to the final play. The gap in between is the 44-10 thumping OU suffered last season in Stillwater.
OU certainly acted like it had won a game it would never forget.
“You always remember those tight games, you always remember those games where you come from behind and get a victory,” said OU quarterback Landry Jones, who will finish his career with a 3-1 mark against the Cowboys.
Players remember games where it was a non-stop barrage of big plays. The 2012 version of Bedlam was like a “Rocky” movie. The haymakers were thrown early, and landed early and often.
OU quarterback Landry Jones threw for 500 yards. Wide receiver Justin Brown, Jalen Saunders and Kenny Stills all had more than 100 receiving yards.
Once again, OSU’s offense remained a mystery to the Sooners. Running back Joseph Randle rushed for 116 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Clint Chelf rushed for another 63 and threw for 253 yards with 150 going to wide receiver Josh Stewart.
There was never a strong sense that either team was in control until Clay crossed the goal line in overtime.