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November 25, 2012

Too many great moments on Bedlam’s finest day

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NORMAN —

“You feel a guy at your feet, you hurdle him,” Bell said, forgetting to mention that Lavey’s shot at his legs came 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage with seconds remaining, the Sooners finished if Bell didn’t get the yard.

To say nothing of Jalen Saunders and Justin Brown, who seem like they’ve been at Oklahoma for about 10 days, one from Elk Grove, Calif., by way of Fresno State and the other from Wilmington, Del., by way of Penn State. What do they know about Bedlam?

Yet Saunders caught Quinn Sharp’s punt, only the second he tried to return all season, and brought it back 81 yards at fourth quarter’s dawn, the Sooners trailing 38-30. And it was Brown who found the open space in which to corral Jones’ two-point pass, retying the game for the first time since the first play of the second half, a 75-yard hook-up between Clint Chelf and Josh Stewart, because you better believe the Cowboys made their plays, too. A ton of them. So many, OU didn’t lead until the game was over.

The Sooner defenders didn’t do a whole lot, but the beauty of Saturday’s challenge demanded they be a part of it at the end, and so they were, allowing one first down in the fifth quarter, but only the one, holding the Pokes to their OT field goal and giving the offense its chance.

“It was a thriller,” said Sooner cornerback Aaron Colvin, who belied his unit’s effectiveness, turning in two sacks and an interception, all of them big. “My heart was jumping the whole time. It was just one of those games.”

One of what games?

We know what Colvin means. We know there are games that need not be broken apart, layers peeled back for dissection. They just are. And still, this was so much more.

Last home game of the season, a statewide rivalry reaching new heights, and dizzyingly great stuff from both sides of it, the home team finally getting the best of it.

Barely.

The only one of “those games” is this one, played on Bedlam’s greatest day.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

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