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BEDLAM: How they got here

The Sooners and Cowboys meet tomorrow in the 82nd meeting between the two teams, and this year it means even more than most. The winner of Bedlam will be crowned the 2016 Big 12 Champion and will go on to play in a BCS Bowl Game and has an outside shot at making it into the four team playoff. 

Here is a recap of both the Cowboys and Sooners seasons to this point:

September 3rd (21) OSU vs. Southeastern Louisiana (FCS)

No. 21 Oklahoma State barely broke a sweat in a 61-7 thrashing of Southeastern Louisiana. All eyes were on the OSU run game. Five running backs played and all had their moments, especially Barry J. Sanders. The son of the 1988 Heisman Trophy winner dazzled fans with a 57-yard punt return in the 1st quarter.

KEY PLAYER: While Sanders and the OSU run game received most of the buzz, it was Jhajuan Seales who made the biggest impact. The senior receiver set a new career-high with two touchdown catches.

September 3rd (3) OU @ (15) Houston

No. 3 Oklahoma got an early wake-up call against No. 15 Houston. The Sooners fell to the Cougars 33-23. Houston won the turnover battle 2-1 and dominated time of possession.  The OU defense struggled to contain Cougar quarterback Greg Ward Jr. who produced 321 yards passing and two touchdowns.

KEY MOMENT: Houston’s Brandon Wilson returned a missed field goal by Austin Seibert 100 yards for a touchdown to give Houston a 26-17 third quarter lead.

September 10th (22) OSU vs. Central Michigan

A miraculous, yet controversial finish was the difference in Central Michigan’s stunning 30-27 upset of No. 22 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys appeared to win the game when a Mason Rudolph pass sailed out of bounds with no time left on the clock. The officiating crew threw a flag for intentional grounding, then mistakenly gave Central Michigan one untimed down near midfield. That’s all the Chippewas as they came up with a perfectly executed hook-and-lateral for the game-winning touchdown.

KEY PLAY: The final play of course. According to Rule 3-2-3: “The period is not extended if the foul is by the team in possession and the statement of the penalty includes loss of down.” That officiating blunder led to one of the most memorable finishes of the college football season.

September 10th (14) OU vs. Louisiana-Monroe

No. 14 Oklahoma picked up its first win of 2016, a 59-17 stomping of Louisiana-Monroe. The OU passing attack bounced back from an up and down showing against Houston. Eleven different receivers caught passes from Baker Mayfield and freshman Austin Kendall, five of which went for touchdowns.

KEY PLAYER: Baker Mayfield – 14/20 for 244 yards and 3 td’s

September 17th OSU vs. Pittsburgh

Oklahoma State and Pitt took part in a chess match with OSU coming out on top 45-38. The Pokes opened a two-touchdown lead in the second quarter, but the Panthers tied it up in the second half on a fumble return touchdown after a Mason Rudolph strip sack. With under two minutes left, Rennie Childs scored from a yard out to give OSU the lead. Then Ramon Richards intercepted Nathan Peterman to clinch a victory.

KEY STATS: Mason Rudolph threw for 540 yard and two touchdowns. James Washington registered 296 reception yards and caught both of Rudolph’s touchdowns.

September 17th (14) OU vs. (3) Ohio State

In their second chance to make a national statement, the Sooners were exposed by No. 3 Ohio State 45-24. Baker Mayfield threw two interceptions, including one pick-six. The Sooner defense struggled to contain Wichita Falls Rider product J.T. Barrett, who tossed four touchdown passes, all to Noah Brown.

KEY MOMENT: Down 7-0 in the 1st quarter, the Sooners went for it on 4th and 3 from the Ohio State 33-yard line. Mayfield’s pass was tipped and picked off by Jerome Baker who returned it 68 yards for a touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead. Oklahoma never got closer than eleven points the rest of the night.

September 24th  OSU @ (16) Baylor

Oklahoma State hit the road for Waco where they lost to Number 16 Baylor 35-24. OSU lost the turnover battle 4-2. Baylor capitalized on two of Oklahoma State’s turnovers by scoring touchdowns on the ensuing drives.

KEY MOMENT: With OSU trailing 28-24 in the fourth quarter, Justice Hill lost a second fumble on the night. This one at the Baylor one-yard line. Baylor turned it into seven points on the ensuing drive to go up 35-24.

October 1st OSU vs. (22) Texas

Oklahoma State upset No. 22 Texas 49-31 in Stillwater. Much of the damage came in the first half. Texas took a 25-23 lead in the second quarter. OSU responded with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Mason Rudolph to Jalen McCleskey. The two hooked up one more time right before the half. McCleskey took a Rudolph pass 52-yards for the touchdown to give OSU a 37-25 lead.

KEY STAT: Four extra points were blocked on the day. Three came from OSU, including one that was returned for two points by Tre Flowers. It prevented Texas from tying the game in the first quarter.

October 1st OU @ (21) TCU

A 42-3 run in the 2nd and 3rd quarters was enough for Oklahoma to pick up its first Big 12 win, 52-46 over TCU. OU trailed 21-7 after the 1st quarter. The Sooners responded with touchdowns on seven of their next eight drives to take a commanding 49-24 lead. The Horned Frogs made things interesting in the 4th quarter thanks to a couple of long touchdown passes from Kenny Hill.

KEY MOMENT: The Sooners forced an incomplete pass on 4th and 20 with under a minute to play to clinch the victory.

October 8th OSU vs. Iowa State

Oklahoma State got everything and more from Iowa State as the Pokes won 38-31. ISU took a 31-14 lead in the third quarter off an 18-yard Allen Lazard touchdown catch. OSU went on to score 24 unanswered points to get the win, including two touchdown catches from James Washington.

KEY STAT: Mason Rudolph registered 351 passing yards and four touchdowns, while the Oklahoma State defense forced three turnovers to OSU’s zero.

October 8th (20) OU vs. Texas

After a surprisingly low-scoring 1st half, the OU and Texas offenses heated up after halftime. The Longhorns had no answers for Dede Westbrook and Samaje Perine who combined to score five touchdowns in a 45-40 Oklahoma victory.

KEY PLAYER: Dede Westbrook set a new school record with 232 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.

October 15th (19) OU vs. Kansas State

No. 19 Oklahoma had too much firepower for Kansas State to match in a 38-17 Sooner victory. Dede Westbrook continued his hot streak with three more touchdown catches. Joe Mixon added a touchdown catch and a touchdown pass.

KEY MOMENT: Oklahoma scored on its first two possessions to jump out to a 14-0 lead. The Wildcats never got closer than 7 the rest of the afternoon.

October 22nd OSU @ Kansas

Oklahoma State earned a 44-20 road win over Kansas behind Justice Hill’s 162 rush yards and touchdown run. Despite first half struggles, Oklahoma State outscored the Jayhawks 27-7 in the second half to move to 3-1 in conference play.

KEY STAT: OSU forced all three of Kansas’ turnovers in the second half, which Oklahoma State scored 17 points off of.

October 22nd (16) OU @ Texas Tech

16th ranked Oklahoma and Texas Tech competed in an offensive game for the ages. OU beat Tech 66-59 as both teams combined for over 1700 total yards. Of the 12 second half drives between the two programs, ten resulted in touchdowns.

KEY STAT: Baker Mayfield threw for a school record 7 touchdowns, while Patrick Mahomes threw for 734 yards and five touchdowns.

October 29th OSU vs. (10) West Virginia

No. 10 West Virginia entered Boone Pickens Stadium with the top defense in the Big 12. However, it was Oklahoma State’s defense that dominated the game. The Cowboys forced three Mountaineer turnovers in the 37-20 upset.

KEY STAT: OSU scored 17 points off West Virginia turnovers. Glenn Spencer’s defense made life easy for Mason Rudolph and company, who started three different drives inside the Mountaineer 25-yard line.

October 29th (16) OU vs. Kansas

Number 16 Oklahoma cruised to a 56-3 victory against the Kansas Jayhawks. Dede Westbrook kicked off the day by returning a Kansas punt 71 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Linebacker Jordan Evans also returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

KEY STAT: The Oklahoma defense bounced back from the Texas Tech game to hold KU to only 170 total yards and intercepted two passes.

November 3rd (14) OU @ Iowa State

On a Thursday night, 14th ranked Oklahoma had some early issues with Iowa State without Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. The Cyclones took a 17-14 lead in the second quarter off a 41-yard Joel Lanning touchdown run. However, it only takes the Sooners one play to answer. Baker Mayfield hit Dede Westbrook on a 65-yard touchdown to retake the lead and never look back.

KEY STATS: Baker Mayfield threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns. Dimitri Flowers ran for 115 yards in the absence of Perine and Mixon.

November 5th (18) OSU @ Kansas State

No. 18 Oklahoma State escaped Manhattan, Kansas with a 43-37 win over Kansas State. With eight minutes left in the game, K-State led the Pokes 37-28. Oklahoma State went on to score a touchdown on their final two possessions, which included an 82-yard bomb to James Washington.

KEY STAT: Mason Rudolph records 457 passing yards and threw five TD’s.

November 12th (13) OSU vs. Texas Tech

No.  13 Oklahoma State and Texas Tech took part in a shootout like many anticipated, with OSU coming through victorious 45-44. Leading the way for Oklahoma State was Mason Rudolph once again as he threw for nearly 400 yards and two touchdowns. Justice Hill also added 126 yards and a score on the ground.

KEY MOMENT: Texas Tech scored a touchdown to pull within one of OSU with less than 90 seconds remaining in the game. On the PAT, Red Raider kicker Clayton Hatfield missed the extra point, which eventually became the difference in the game.

November 12th (11) OU vs. Baylor

No. 11 Oklahoma remained unbeaten in Big 12 play with a 45-24 blowout win over Baylor. The Sooners jumped out to a 21-0 lead over the reeling Bears and were never seriously threatened the rest of the day. Baker Mayfield accounted from three total touchdowns. Joe Mixon rushed for 124 yards, including a 56 yard td run in the 4th quarter.

KEY PLAYER: While the OU offense put up big numbers, it was senior linebacker Jordan Evans who stole the show. Evans became the first defender in school history to record two sacks and two interceptions in the same game.

November 19th (11) OSU @ TCU

No.  11 Oklahoma State defeated TCU in Fort Worth 31-6. After TCU scored the first points of the game, the OSU defense would not allow the horned frogs to get close to the endzone again. In addition, the Pokes offense outgained TCU by almost 200 total yards.

KEY STAT: The OSU run game had their best outing of 2016, tallying 334 yards. Justice Hill accounted for 154 yards, while Chris Carson ran for 146 yards and a touchdown.

November 19th (9) OU @ (14) West Virginia

On a snowy Saturday night in Morgantown, No. 9 Oklahoma kept its Big 12 title hopes alive by defeating No. 14 West Virginia 56-28. Oklahoma scored a touchdown on five of eight first half drives to give OU a 34-7 lead. West Virginia tried mounting a comeback and cut the lead to 41-28 with ten minutes left in the game. The Sooners scored on the ensuing drive then forced a Mountaineer turnover on downs to all but seal the game.

KEY STAT: Oklahoma won the turnover battle 4-1. West Virginia lost two fumbles in the red zone in the first half. Jordan Evans also intercepted a pass in the third quarter and returned it 80 yards for the pick six.

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