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November 25, 2012

Sooners’ best efforts saved for last in Bedlam

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NORMAN —

About the only thing OU did right was keep the Cowboys out of the end zone for the final 10:41 of regulation and their lone overtime possession.

“We know how to play in these types of games,” said OU cornerback Aaron Colvin, who had two sacks and an interception. “The more experience you have, the more comfortable you get with it. We’ve been in this a few times.”

The key was not getting caught up in the emotional swings. The Sooners didn’t. They forced OSU to punt with 6:14 left and trailing 45-38. It was the game’s pivotal stop.

The Cowboys never got another one. Jones engineered most of the 17-play, 86-yard drive to tie the game. He wasn’t on the field for the play that sent it to overtime.

Blake Bell broke through three tackles for a 4-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-1 play with 4 seconds left.

The Sooners won the overtime toss and elected to play defense. They limited the Cowboys to a 26-yard Clint Sharp field goal.

“That’s what we wanted,” OU safety Tony Jefferson said. “Our defense came and stepped up when we needed it to. I let them know that it was all on us now. This is the type of game you live for. I’m just proud in how that defense overcame the adversity.”

Two plays later, the Sooner sideline was celebrating one of the wildest victories in Owen Field history and “Jump Around” was blaring throughout the stadium. Players ran around the field and joined fans in the celebration.

The victory allowed OU to stay in the race for the Big 12 title with idle Kansas State. Its shot at receiving an at-large berth in a BCS bowl game remained intact. It still has one more regular-season game to go. They face TCU (7-4, 4-4) next Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

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