Bedlam: Report card

OU quarterback Blake Bell

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated provides the grades for OU's 51-48 thrilling overtime victory over Bedlam rival Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma's poise: A+

For the second straight week, when the Sooners were put in a last-ditch scenario to win a football game, OU came through. On his final home game, senior quarterback Landry Jones was dynamite.

Given the football with just 6:18 remaining in the contest, Jones guided the Sooners into the tight zone by completing 10-of-13 passes on OU's final drive. It was sophomore quarterback Blake Bell who bruised his way into the endzone for a game-extending touchdown off a four-yard rush on fourth-and-one.

Then, in overtime, Oklahoma's defense that was torched much of the day forced a 26-yard field goal by OSU that opened the door for OU to win it in the first overtime. It took only two plays as junior fullback Trey Millard rushed for seven yards to get things started before junior running back Brennan Clay finished off the 51-48 thriller with an 18-yard walk-off touchdown scamper into the south endzone.

Third-down conversions: B+

The Sooners missed a golden opportunity to finally grab their first lead of the evening after junior transfer wide receiver Jalen Saunders electrified the crowd with an 81-yard punt return touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion grab to pull OU even at 38-38 with 14:36 remaining in the football game. After tying the football game at 38 apiece, OU forced an OSU three-and-out before a three-and-out of their own.

Still, Oklahoma converted 10-of-19 third downs offensively while limiting OSU to 7-of-15 on third down conversion tries. Most importantly, in the fourth quarter and overtime, OU stopped OSU on every third-down conversion try.

Jones' Record-Breaking Night: A

After tossing the early interception, Jones rallied his troops to produce one of the finer offensive Bedlam showings. Jones passed former Texas Tech gunslinger Graham Harrell for first place in Big 12 history in career passing yards, tallying 500 passing yards on the evening to compile 16,124 throughout his career (Harrell's Big 12 career passing yardage record was 15,793 before Jones broke it).

Along with passing Harrell for the Big 12 record, the Artesia, N.M., native jumped into third place in NCAA history for career passing yardage. Also of note is the fact that Jones became the first player in FBS history to have 3,000-plus passing yards with 26-plus passing touchdowns.

OU Transfer Wide Receivers: A+

Just a sensational combined effort by junior transfer wide receiver Jalen Saunders and senior transfer wide receiver Justin Brown. If not for these two, the Sooners do not enjoy the raucous "Jump Around" post-game celebration.

One of the biggest plays of 2012 Bedlam was Saunders 81-yard punt return touchdown. That got Owen Field on fire and gave the fan base faith that OU might find a way to come back and win a football game it never led in regulation.

Combined, the two totaled a mind-boggling 395 all-purpose yards. Saunders had 162 receiving yards off 10 receptions, while Brown added in 146 receiving yards off an OU single-game-tying record with 15 receptions on the night. Both came up big in critical spots and offered OU the necessary spark to sneak out of a Bedlam thriller with the 51-48 overtime win.

Defense: D

Too many times OU was gashed defensively as they have been the past three weeks by Big 12 opponents Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys ripped off 490 yards of total offense. Junior OSU running back Joseph Randle led the ground attack with 21 carries for 116 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Clint Chelf was efficient on the evening, completing 19-of-37 passes for 253 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Enid, Okla., native also rushed 12 times for 63 yards. The Sooners forced the field goal in overtime when they needed to, though, and, in Bedlam, a win is a win.

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