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Sooners stun Cowboys, turn Texas-Baylor into de facto Big 12 title game

Jalen Saunders AP

And here we thought the Big 12 had rid itself of those pesky conference championship games.

Thanks to a touchdown with less than 20 seconds remaining, and another gift with no time remaining, Oklahoma stunned archrival Oklahoma State 33-24 in Stillwater.  The shocking home loss to a decided underdog effectively ends the Cowboys’ hope for a spot at the BCS table.

After taking a 24-20 lead with 1:46 remaining, the Cowboys allowed the Sooners to drive 66 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown, a seven-yard pass from Blake Bell to Jalen Saunders with just :19 seconds left that served as the Sooners first true offensive touchdown of the game.  A series of laterals on OSU’s final possession ended with a fumble recovery for a touchdown for OU.

In the win, the Sooners scored on a punt return (Saunders), a touchdown pass off a fake field goal and a defensive touchdown.  The two teams were a combined 4-of-18 on third down.

A win by the Cowboys would’ve clinched the Big 12 title and the conference’s automatic BCS berth for OSU.  Thanks to the Sooners’ late-game heroics, the Texas-Baylor game in Waco is now an unofficial Big 12 championship game, with the winner representing the league in the Fiesta Bowl.

Unbelievably, the Sooners, depending on how things play out the rest of the day and if they can get into the Top 14 of the final rankings (they’re No. 17), could be in line for an at-large BCS berth, likely the Sugar Bowl against an SEC opponent.  The Cowboys’ loss also raises the BCS hopes for Oregon, which could very well earn a spot in the Sugar Bowl instead of Oklahoma.

Such a development could give us the Alabama-Oregon postseason game everyone thought we’d see earlier in the year, albeit on a much smaller stage.

Bedlam indeed.

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13 Responses to “Sooners stun Cowboys, turn Texas-Baylor into de facto Big 12 title game”
  1. cometkazie says: Dec 7, 2013 4:00 PM

    If your defense can’t keep a team for going 66 yards with little time remaining for the winning TD . . .

    Been saying the same thing about my team LSU for a while.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 7, 2013 4:05 PM

    Guaranteed that they at least move ahead of Oregon, so they should be in. One of ASU/STA has to fall below them now too, plus MSU could lose. Duke also is guaranteed in the top 10 on my rankings if they win though, they can make it to 6 on my rankings if every game goes their way.

  3. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 7, 2013 4:07 PM

    The Big 12 (10) needs to add two teams to have a title game. Great game though. I would love to see Bama-Oregon, although neither are as good as they were in previous years (especially Oregon).

  4. jdillydawg says: Dec 7, 2013 4:13 PM

    Thank you Oklahoma.

    Now, Sic ‘em Bears!

  5. v2the4 says: Dec 7, 2013 4:16 PM

    detectivejimmy…

    the big 12 had two quality title games today….we saw OU come back on OSU today in bedlam…and now in the last game at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, the Texas/Baylor winner will win the big 12 title outright and head to the Fiesta bowl…this is what championship saturday is all about baby..

  6. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 7, 2013 4:25 PM

    the big 12 had two quality title games today….we saw OU come back on OSU today in bedlam…and now in the last game at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, the Texas/Baylor winner will win the big 12 title outright and head to the Fiesta bowl…this is what championship saturday is all about baby..

    Excellent point. I’d love to see OK vs Texas/Baylor for the title though. The positive side to no title game (now that I’m thinking about it) is teams are rewarded for their entire season.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 4:26 PM

    Mack Brown saves his job and lands a BCS game. What a shock!!

  8. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 7, 2013 4:26 PM

    *conference season that is

  9. classyjacklambert says: Dec 7, 2013 5:00 PM

    Still the best OSU in the country

  10. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 5:14 PM

    Classy jack…..lets hope so tonight. go Spartans. Auburn/Missouri winner to play FSU in the BCS
    Championship.

  11. irishdodger says: Dec 7, 2013 5:50 PM

    Stoops needs to figure out who is QB is & what type of offense he wants to run. Based on their performance this season, they’d get rolled by an SEC team.

  12. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 7, 2013 5:59 PM

    irishdodger says:
    Dec 7, 2013 5:50 PM
    Stoops needs to figure out who is QB is & what type of offense he wants to run. Based on their performance this season, they’d get rolled by an SEC team.

    No idea what the SEC has to do with this. Again, easy to see why people hate the conference.

  13. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 7:35 PM

    Whoops, not quite Mr. Brown. Just can’t get it done with the top recruits. What’s wrong with this picture?

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