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November 25, 2012

Too many great moments on Bedlam’s finest day

NORMAN — Mike Stoops walked into the room. His defense had just allowed 48 points and 490 yards a week after allowing 49 and 778.

“I’ve never had so much fun in my life,” he said. “Oh man, what a classic.”

Which was right in line with everything else that happened in the best Bedlam game ever played, Oklahoma’s 51-48 victory Saturday at Owen Field.

Never had the series gone overtime. Never, probably, had Oklahoma State been this good in back-to-back meetings and, rest assured, the Pokes are going nowhere.

The Bedlam Series is not edging towards the Texas game on the the Sooners’ significance meter. Instead, it has flat overtaken it as the skirmish OU must win if it’s to challenge for conference and national championships.

This time around it transcended everything. All the history and the moment, too.

When Mike Stoops walked in after a rotten day at the office, smiling instead of kicking himself as he had in OU’s previous two victories, it was just one more fantastic moment from a memorable afternoon.

There was Landry Jones, on Senior Day, coming back from one of his heinous interceptions that helped put OU in the hole it only just emerged from. Throwing for 500 yards on the nose, his second straight half-a-thousand-yard performance led two end-of-half drives for touchdowns when OU absolutely had to have them.

“What more do you want from the guy,” said Bob Stoops, almost yelling in a voice hoarse all over again, worn out by a game for the ages.

Also, there was Blake Bell, with his finest singular play of his Sooner life. He’d run for 23 touchdowns since the Belldozer was unveiled, but here he was on fourth-and-1 at the 4, trying to finish off that last drive Jones led down the field, OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey approaching, “unblocked in the hole,” as offensive coordinator Josh Heupel would later say.

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