November 29, 2010

Cowboys upset in dramatic finish

Return to Cotton Bowl possible for OSU

The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — By Chris Walsh

Stillwater News-Press

STILLWATER  — Bedlam lived up to its name Saturday night as the Oklahoma Sooners edged out the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 47-41.

Like so many games in the storied rivalry, the lower seed pulled off the upset in dramatic fashion.

With the win the Sooners should jump OSU in the BCS standings and face Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship on Saturday.

The game was a back and forth, but low scoring, affair through the first three and a half quarters. Then two of the nation’s best offenses decided to turn it up a notch with 34 combined points in the final seven minutes.

Oklahoma’s Landry Jones answered each OSU touchdown with one of his own in the game’s final minutes. After a Brandon Weeden touchdown pass to Justin Blackmon, Jones responded with a 86-yard pass to Cameron Kenney to put Oklahoma’s lead back to nine points with 3:03 left.

OSU then responded with a 89-yard kickoff return by true freshman Justin Gilbert on the ensuing kickoff to again close the gap to two.

Two plays into the Sooner’s next possesion Jones struck again with a 76-yard pass to James Hanna.

The Cowboys managed a 34-yard field goal by Dan Bailey on the next possesion, but a failed onside kick with 36 seconds left sealed OSU’s fate and kept them from their first ever Big 12 title game.

Jones finished with 468 yards and four touchdowns on 32-of-67 passing.

He also had three interceptions — all in the first half — including one returned 52 yards for a touchdown by Shaun Lewis in the second quarter.

Weeden finished with 257 yards and a pair of scores on 28-of-43 passing. He also threw three interceptions, two in the first half.

Kenny finished with 141 yards and two scores on six receptions. OSU’s Blackmon set a national mark with his 11th straight 100-yard receiving game, gaining 105 yards on eight grabs.

OSU could now head to the Cotton Bowl to face a SEC team, while the winner of the Big 12 Championship will head to the Fiesta Bowl.