In the gripping cold, OSU actually started off the hotter of the two teams. On their first play after receiving the opening kick, Roland found acres of space down the left side and ran into the end zone untouched for 75 yards. But the best start the Cowboys could have had was called back for a holding and the favorites ended their first series with a punt.
He picked up from that by breaking through the middle for 23 yards on a few drives later to put his team inside Sooner territory. A one-yard touchdown run by Roland opened the scoring and put OSU in control.
Special teams proved to be a big contributor for the Sooners, and it was their way back into it. Jalen Saunders provided Cowboys fans with an uncomfortable case of déjà vu, returning a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, just as he did last year, to tie things up before the first quarter ended.
Chucka Ndulue stopped Roland cold at the goal line on a brave fourth down conversion that would have seen OSU repond, and the score remained 7-7. They did take the lead with a Ben Grogan 41-yard field goal with 8:40 left in the first half. But Hunnicutt and the Sooners responded with a 21-yarder of their own to tie things up 10-10 by halftime.
Kendall Thompson stepped into the Sooner backfield when Knight went down at the end of the first half with a shoulder injury, but his first play was less than memorable. His attempt downfield to LaColtan Bester was intercepted by Kevin Peterson at the OSU 26 where the Cowboys took over.
In “anything you can do” fashion, Chelf sparked the OSU drive with a 38 yard pass down the left. He helped the Cowboys capitalize on the early turnover by finding Roland on a play action 15-yard pass in the flats for a waltz into the end zone to make the score 17-10, Cowboys.