STILLWATER — Mike Gundy’s pre-Bedlam comments didn’t struggle to find the Oklahoma locker room.
“Yeah, we heard it,” OU senior Nick Basquine said.
During the Oklahoma State head coach’s Monday news conference, Gundy called the Sooners a “one-man show” multiple times with quarterback Jalen Hurts as their star.
Asked if he was aware of the statement, OU coach Lincoln Riley also admitted he’d heard of it.
“I didn’t agree a whole lot with the ‘one-man show’ thing,” Riley said. “but however we get defined, as long as we’re winning and offensively we’re scoring enough points to win, that’s all I care.”
The boxscore attached to the Sooners’ 34-16 win over Oklahoma State certainly told a different story.
The Sooners accounted for 450 yards on 61 plays, with a good portion of their production stemming from running back Kennedy Brooks.
Brooks had a team-leading 160 yards rushing, which is his highest total of the season and best rushing total since going for 182 yards against West Virginia on Nov. 23, 2018, last season.
“He’s been very steady,” Riley said. “He just continues to be him. He’s not missing cuts, and he’s very in sync with the offensive line. He’s been so close to popping his standard 60-70 yarders. There was, I swear, five times tonight where we were like, ‘He’s out.’
“Despite that, he’s had a lot of big runs. He’s held on to the ball great. He always kind of gets what’s there. He never really leaves much on the table.”
Brooks had a touchdown and wound up outdoing Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard, who rushed for 104 yards rushing on 24 carries and scored his team's only touchdown.
Hurts was held to 61 yards rushing — his lowest total since rushing for 68 against Iowa State on Nov. 9. He was 13 of 16 through the air for 163 yards passing, however, and threw for a touchdown and caught a touchdown from Basquine. Hurts also ran in a score.
The former Norman North standout, Basquine, caught two passes for 32 yards and was one of six OU receivers with double-digit receiving yards.
As for Gundy’s comment, Basquine acknowledged the players can do little about outside chatter. He thought his team’s balanced effort on Saturday, however, debunked the label as they move on to the Big 12 title game.
“Obviously, you can’t do nothing about it,” Basquine said. “It’s his opinion. We feel differently about it. And we feel like we went out and showed that today. If it wins, it doesn’t matter at the end of the day.
“We’re going into the Big 12 championship, striving for a fifth one and bigger things in sight as well.”