Oklahoma State Football: Winners & Losers from the Week 13 Game vs. Oklahoma
Bedlam 2012 was the best Bedlam of all time as Oklahoma narrowly edged out Oklahoma State in an overtime thriller that saw unbelievable momentum shifts and in-game drama.
Picking winners and losers is easy in a rivalry game, as nothing can be as elating or deflating as a win over your most-hated rival. But not all winners and losers fall along such discernible lines.
The Cowboys may have lost this battle, but the war for their 2012 season is hardly over. There were multiple positives and negatives for both teams within this game.
Winner: Landry Jones
In the final home game of his career with Oklahoma, Landry Jones put on a show. The redshirt senior threw for 500 yards, completing 46 of 71 attempts for three touchdowns and just one interception.
Jones did a great job of avoiding the Cowboys' pass rush by getting the ball out quickly, and he led the Sooner offense extremely efficiently. The Cowboys had no answer for stopping the signal-caller.
This tight Bedlam victory was one for the ages, but also a big one for Jones. He needed a signature win for Sooner fans to remember him for. He got it against the Cowboys Saturday night.
Loser: Cowboy Defense
After blockbuster performances against West Virginia and Texas Tech, the Cowboy defense laid an egg against the Sooners in Norman. In addition to the 500 yards the Cowboys gave up to Landry Jones through the air, the Cowboys also gave up over 100 yards rushing to the Sooners.
The 618 total offensive yards allowed by Oklahoma State is the most they have given up all season. Bill Young had this defense playing well, but it all seemed to fall apart at times against Oklahoma.
While Young cannot be blamed fully, it is clear that this unit must clean up a few issues before it takes on a very good Baylor offense this week. The pass defense must get better, and Young must take more chances in the way of blitzes.
Winner: Joseph Randle
Joseph Randle was a bright spot for the Cowboys, just as he has been on many occasions throughout the 2012 season. He rushed for 113 yards and four touchdown against the Sooners, proving yet again that he is the best back in the Big 12.
The biggest problem with Randle’s game was that the Cowboys simply did not get him the ball enough. Oklahoma played the run pretty well defensively, and it was Randle’s strength as a runner that got him the bulk of his yardage.
Performances like these have become expected of Randle by the Cowboy faithful. However, performances like these also impress NFL scouts, meaning Randle may not be back for his senior campaign in 2013.
Loser: OU Defense
Mike Stoops was brought in to transform this defense back to what it used to be, a smash-mouth unit that kicked butt and took names. This game is further proof that his job is far from done.
Oklahoma gave up 289 passing yards and 201 rushing yards for a total of 490 offensive yards allowed. Combining this with the Cowboys’ final score of 48 provides evidence of the porous performance.
While one could make the argument that the Sooner defense made stops when it needed to, it is clear that it is not championship caliber. Both Stoops brothers know defense, but they have not made this defense what Sooner fans want yet.
Winner: The State of Oklahoma
The state as a whole had to be the biggest winner in this game. This 2012 matchup was the first Bedlam football game ever to go into overtime, probably making it the best of all time.
Bedlam has been a lopsided rivalry, but this game was anything but that as both teams fought tooth and nail for a victory. Fans could not have gotten a more exciting game to top off their Thanksgiving weekend.
As if the state was not already lucky enough, it got to tune in afterward and watch the Oklahoma City Thunder win in overtime as well. It was a great day for sports in the great state of Oklahoma.