First off I have to say that Saturday night's Bedlam football game was one for the ages. It will (and rightfully should) go down as a classic. Everyone knew that Oklahoma's offensive was going to have to be creative to keep up with with OSU's potent offensive attack including Kevin Wilson who called a great game. However, when all was said and done this game came down to the depth charts.
Everything started up front for Oklahoma with the offensive line paving the way to success. The Sooners posted 47 points and 589 yards against Oklahoma State with an average gain per play of 5.6 yards. For the most part the offensive line did a solid job of protecting Landry Jones and opened up holes for DeMarco Murray to average 4.3 yards per carry. Landry was sacked twice but I'm gonna go ahead and say that this was their best performance on the road this season.
The fruits of the line's labor was an offensive performance that will be talked about for quite some time, particularly the fourth quarter which may have been the craziest quarter in Bedlam football history.
Jimmy Stevens kicked a 24-yard field goal
|27 - 24|
Jimmy Stevens kicked a 31-yard field goal
|30 - 24|
Jimmy Stevens kicked a 26-yard field goal
|33 - 24|
|4:11||OKST||TD||33 - 31|
Landry Jones passed to Cameron Kenney down the middle for 86 yard gain (Jimmy Stevens made PAT)
|40 - 31|
Oklahoma kicked off, Justin Gilbert returned kickoff for 89 yards (Dan Bailey made PAT)
|40 - 38|
Landry Jones passed to James Hanna to the left for 77 yard gain (Jimmy Stevens made PAT)
|47 - 38|
Dan Bailey kicked a 34-yard field goal
|47 - 41|
Coming into this game, OSU's rushing defense was 2nd in the Big 12 and only allowing 3.7 yards per carry. Against a defense like that you've got to feel that Oklahoma's running backs were more than successful. As a team, the Sooners ran for 122 yards with DeMarco Murray and Trey Millard averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Millard got the scoring started with a 6-yard blast in the first quarter and Murray was the workhorse the team needed him to be to keep the defense honest, rushing for 82 yards on 19 carries.
Where the game was won was in the skill positions where Oklahoma just had too many threats for O-State to cover. The defensive focus for the Cowboys clearly was on Murray, Finch and Broyles but down the depth chart they couldn't account for Cameron Kenney and James Hanna (who is still wide open in the secondary).
Ryan Broyles had a modest 80 yards on 9 receptions with a score but the stars in the passing game were (and the difference makers in the game) were Cameron Kenney and tight end James Hanna. Kenney had 6 receptions for 142 yards with two scores but his biggest play was the 86-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter when he torched the O-State secondary. That set up James Hanna and Kevin Wilson's play call of the year. After the Pokes scored on the kickoff return to draw within two points Wilson did an excellent job at selling the run and the Cowboys did a horrible job by selling out to stop it. With the, "Oh Crap" look on all 11 defenders face Jones dropped back on a play action pass and hit a wide open Hanna for a 77-yard score to seal the deal. Hanna finished with 129 yards on four receptions (with the score) and all four of his catches were huge for either first downs or the score.
That brings us to Landry Jones who we watched grow up before our very eyes. The Jones we got in the first half was close to atrocious (3 picks/2 TDs) and made me feel (I'm sure I wasn't alone) fortunate to be up by seven at the half. However, the Landry Jones of the second half was extraordinary and hopefully was a glimpse of the future. By my count, Jones was 17-for-27 in the second half for 274 yards, two scores and no turnovers. In the end, Jones had a career night with 467 passing yards and four touchdowns.
It should also be mentioned that Jimmy Stevens was terrific with a perfect night including field goals of 29, 24, 31 and 26-yards.
If stats told the story then you'd want to know that the Sooners converted 16 third downs and ran a total of 105 offensive plays.