At 21-7, it looked like OU’s game, but who knew a shootout was brewing. Tech scored the next 17 points, all in the third quarter and led 24-21.
Now it looked like Tech’s game, but only until the Sooners needed just five plays to go 75 yards and take back the lead.
Blake Bell made a play with his feet, buying enough time to dump it off to Damien Williams and the 30-yard pickup had the Sooners off and running again.
Later, Tech may have still looked like the better bet to win it when OU faced third-and-8 at the Tech 45 leading 35-30.
At Notre Dame, Sterling Shepard made the play after catching a little pass to put OU back in control. Here, the play was the catch, an absolute beauty that put OU in position to run out most of the clock before letting Michael Hunnicutt forge the final score.
When it could have gotten away, the Sooners grabbed it back, and not for the first time. As calling cards go, it’s a good one.
“They don’t get down. They kept positive. They kept fighting,” Stoops said. “We’re capable of making our own plays and when we do we’ll steal the momentum back.”
The thing about that is it’s so uncommon. Games turn on, you know, turning points. Yet when OU’s been on the receiving end of somebody else’s turning point, the turn has tended to be momentary. Things have gotten better.
Bell made that play with his feet that turned into a pass, Shepard made the catch, the offensive line blocked for 277 rushing yards and, at the end, helped OU run out the clock. The defense created turnovers, even the coaching staff called for another double-reverse pass which didn’t work but turned into Lacoltan Bester’s 35-yard field-reversing touchdown run.