With a playoff berth seemingly out of the question, all Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have left to battle for is conference pride. Well, that and the weather.
A rain-swept day in Norman begat a touchdown-less first quarter, which ultimately gave way to a quartet of touchdowns in a back and forth second quarter as the Sooners and Cowboys have slogged their way to a 17-17 halftime tie in the 111th edition of Bedlam. The most noteworthy development in the half, though, involved the player responsible for the first of those touchdowns.
With under seven minutes left in the second quarter, All-American wide receiver Dede Westbrook was hit on a pass across the middle. The combination of the legal hit plus his head bouncing of the turf led to the receiver laying briefly motionless as OU medical personnel rushed to his aid. Westbrook ultimately left the field under his own power, but his status for the remainder of the game moving forward is unknown as he is under observation for a potential concussion.
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Trailing 3-0 a few minutes earlier, Westbrook was on the receiving end of 69-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield. The quarterback bought time to find a wide-open Westbrook, who made a nifty juke on a Cowboy defender en route to the end zone.
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A field goal three minutes later, after a first and goal at the three, pushed the Sooners lead to 10-3. With 5:05 remaining in the half, a Chris Carson six-yard touchdown run knotted the score at 10-all; three minutes later, it was quarterback Mason Rudolph from six yards out to give the Cowboys their first lead of the quarter.
With under :30 remaining, Mayfield tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to knot it up at 17-all headed into the locker room.
Both quarterbacks have struggled in accuracy with a wet ball, with Mayfield hitting on just five of his 10 passes before going 3-3 on his final drive of the half while his OSU counterpart has connected on only five of 12 attempts. Mayfield, though, has thrown for 237 yards as he’s hit on a handful of chunk plays.
OSUs Justice Hill (92) and Carson (62) have combined for 154 yards on the ground. The Sooners have run for just 40 yards on 19 carries.
UPDATED 2:42 p.m. ET: OU has confirmed that Westbrook will not return to the game.