Sooners beat Cowboys, force Big 12 South logjam
STILLWATER, Okla. – Landry Jones matched the school record with 468 yards passing and threw two long touchdown passes in a wild finish to the Bedlam game as No. 14 Oklahoma beat No. 10 Oklahoma State 47-41 on Saturday night to forge a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South.
Jones threw an 86-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Kenney then answered Justin Gilbert’s kickoff return score for Oklahoma State (10-2, 6-2 Big 12) with a 76-yarder to James Hanna 29 seconds later as the Sooners (10-2, 6-2) survived to likely earn a spot in the Big 12 title game.
The division will be decided based on who comes out ahead in the Bowl Championship Series standings on Sunday between the two in-state rivals and Texas A&M. Oklahoma State came in ninth, with Oklahoma 13th and A&M 17th.
Jimmy Stevens’ third field goal of the fourth quarter gave Oklahoma a seemingly comfortable nine-point lead with under 6 minutes left, but the game was just getting interesting.
Oklahoma State marched downfield to get within 33-31 on Justin Blackmon’s 15-yard touchdown catch from Brandon Weeden, then had a chance to get the ball back when Brodrick Brown – who had a highlight-reel tip for an interception earlier in the game – let another pick go through his arms.
Jones connected with Kenney on the next snap, and he zoomed across the field and down the left sideline to make it 40-31 with 3:03 remaining.
Jones threw three first-half interceptions – two on balls he was trying to throw away – and did as much to keep Oklahoma State in the game as to put the Sooners ahead early on. But down the stretch, he was able to make the key plays that were lacking in second-half failures on the road earlier in the season at Missouri and Texas A&M.
Weeden had 257 yards passing with two touchdowns and three interceptions for Oklahoma State.