Stillwater, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Blake Bell connected with Jalen Saunders for the go-ahead touchdown as No. 17 Oklahoma doomed No. 6 Oklahoma State’s bid for a Big 12 title and a BCS bowl appearance with a 33-24 victory in Saturday’s Bedlam showdown at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Bell, who completed 10 of 16 passes for 140 yards, found Saunders for a seven-yard touchdown pass to give the Sooners a 27-24 lead with 19 seconds left in the game.
Then, Eric Striker scored a fumble return touchdown on the game’s final play, his first career fumble recovery and first career touchdown as the Sooners improved to 10-2 following their third straight victory.
Saunders caught five passes for 39 yards and ran twice for 49 yards. He also scored on a 64-yard punt return in the first quarter, his second punt return touchdown of the season and third of his career.
Saunders is the first Sooner with multiple punt return touchdowns in the same season since Antonio Perkins recorded four in 2003. His three career punt return touchdowns ties him for third all-time in OU history with J.T. Thatcher, Joe Washington and Darrell Royal.
Oklahoma scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams for the first time since doing it against Baylor on November 18, 2006.
With the victory, Oklahoma now leads the Bedlam series with an 84-17-7 overall record, including 12-3 under head coach Bob Stoops.
Clint Chelf completed 19 of 35 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown but he threw an interception as the Cowboys’ (10-2) nine-game winning streak at home dating back to last season came to an end.
Desmond Roland rushed 21 times for 144 yards and two scores but his efforts went down the drain as the Cowboys’ eight-game winning run against Big 12 Conference opponents came to a screeching halt.
After battling to a 17-all deadlock in the first three periods, Michael Hunnicutt put the Sooners ahead with a 39-yard field goal but Roland’s short scoring run gave the Cowboys a 24-20 advantage with 1:46 left
Then, Bell led an eight-play, 66-yard drive that he capped with a seven-yard scoring strike to Saunders to give the Sooners a 27-24 lead.