Date: November 24, 2012
Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Score: #14 Oklahoma 51 - #22 Oklahoma State 48 (OT)
Synopsis: A pair of Joseph Randle touchdowns gave OSU a 14-0 before the Sooners got on the board with a 25-yard Michael Hunnicutt field goal. Oklahoma trailed 17-3 before they finally crossed the goal line midway through the second quarter when Landry Jones threw a 14-yard score to Trey Millard. A few minutes later Jones would connect with Jalen Saunders on a 9-yard pass to notch the game up at 17-17 but O-State would answer with Randle's third score of the day to regain the lead at 24-17. OU previewed a little bit of Sooner Magic just before the half though as Kenny Stills took grabbed a tipped pass for a 15-yard touchdown with just 13 ticks left on the clock.
Oklahoma would end up tying the game a total of four times on the afternoon, and each time the Cowboys responded by regaining the lead. OSU struck for a 75-yard touchdown pass from Clint Chelf to Josh Steward just twelve seconds into the third quarter to regain the lead for the third time on the afternoon. Joseph Randle scored O-State's second touchdown of the quarter, his fourth of the day, and Oklahoma would only muster to more Michael Hunnicutt field goals.
Trailing 38-30 at the onset of the forth quarter, Sooner Magic struck again as Jalen Saunders broke free for an 81-yard punt return that (along with a 2-point conversion) tied the game once again. J.W. Walsh would then score on a 2-yard quarterback keep to answer, putting O-State back on top 45-38 but the Sooners weren't done. Blake Bell capped a 17- play/86-yard drive, that took 6:14 off the clock, with a 4-yard quarterback keeper of his own to tie the game for the final time with four seconds remaining in regulation.
Oklahoma's defense held the Cowboys to a field goal in the overtime. It was the first time on the day that OSU came out of the red zone without a touchdown and it set up the Sooners for their offensive play of the season. On the second snap of Oklahoma's possession Brennan Clay cut his way through the line of scrimmage and then pounded through a tackle attempt by Daytawion Lowe to score the winning touchdown on an 18-yard run. It was the first time that OU had a lead on the day.
Why its my number one: For twelve years the 2000 Texas game had been my top Sooner football experience but this one exceeded it. After Oklahoma took it on the chin in 2011 the OU fans in attendance we ready for vindication while the OSU fans present were looking for validation. The back-and-forth flow of the game set up perfectly for high drama and the big plays from both sides, along with the over time, delivered just that. We sat unmoved for twenty minutes after Clay's touchdown soaking in the gravity of the moment. To this day it is the greatest college football game that I have ever attended in person.