Bedlam Rivalry 2012: Oklahoma Makes Case for Sugar Bowl Bid with Overtime Win

Josh SchochAnalyst IIINovember 24, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 17:  Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game on November 17, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Landry Jones picked apart the Oklahoma State Cowboys as he led his Oklahoma Sooners to a 51-48 overtime win in the 2012 Bedlam Rivalry.

The Sooners are now 9-2 on the season and are second in the Big 12 with a 7-1 conference record. While the team will miss out on an automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl, it will still take an at-large bid to the Sugar Bowl.

Oklahoma started the game slowly, going down 14-0 and 17-3 with 11:19 left in the second quarter.

However, Jones started clicking in the second quarter, throwing three touchdowns passes and tying the game at 24 with 13 seconds left in the first half.

The Cowboys started the second half off right with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Joseph Randle to Josh Stewart just 12 seconds into the half.

However, Oklahoma never gave up.

Down 11 points with less than 20 minutes left in the game, the team continued to fight and scored a touchdown with four seconds left to send the game to overtime.

The Sooners held the Cowboys to a field goal to start off the overtime period. Brennan Clay's 18-yard touchdown run gave Oklahoma its first lead of the game and the win.

Jones led the way in the final home game of his career, throwing for 500 yards and three scores as his team won in overtime.

The Sooners pulled off the comeback and are now in line to compete for the Big 12 crown.

Unfortunately, Kansas State is currently first in the Big 12 after beating Oklahoma in the regular season and will knock off a No. 16 Texas team that lost to TCU this week (due to a lousy offense and an unremarkable defense) to win the Big 12.

Despite not winning the conference, Oklahoma stands to play in a BCS Bowl if it can beat TCU next week.

The Sooners should have no trouble lighting up the scoreboard against the Horned Frogs. The only reason Texas lost to TCU is because the Longhorns turned the ball over four times at big points in the game, and TCU only won by four.

Oklahoma makes fewer mistakes than the Longhorns do, and Jones will be able to light up a TCU secondary that struggles against elite quarterbacks.

The team will improve to 10-2 (8-1) on the season with a victory and will be considered a favorite among at-large schools.

Luckily for the Sooners, the Big 12 does not have a championship game because the conference does not have 12 teams. This means that Oklahoma will await an invitation to a bowl after the team beats TCU in its regular season finale.

Other conferences will have their top two teams face off, with one going to a BCS Bowl and the other likely being pushed out of the BCS picture.

With so many other top teams losing one more time, Oklahoma's two-loss season should appeal to the BCS and ensure the team an invite to the Sugar Bowl after a huge victory over their rival.

The Sooners will be playing the SEC champ (or the team elected to represent the SEC) in the Sugar Bowl. Alabama and Georgia will be playing in the SEC Championship Game. One team will advance to the BCS National Championship Game, and the other will miss out on a BCS Bowl completely (hence the reason the Sooners are lucky they do not play in a conference championship game).

The Florida Gators will be elected to represent the SEC in the Sugar Bowl after beating Florida State this week, and the Gators and Sooners putting on a show.

This game will feature an explosive Oklahoma offense against a stingy Florida defense and will make for an exciting game.

With this victory over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma sets itself up for an incredible bowl game against Florida.