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Bell's late TD run forces OT as Sooners down Oklahoma State

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NORMAN, Okla. -- After the first overtime game in the Bedlam rivalry, a wild celebration on Owen Field and yet another 500-yard passing game, it all settled in for Landry Jones.

His last home game with Oklahoma was over, and what a way to go out.

Jones threw three touchdown passes and Brennan Clay scored on an 18-yard run in overtime to lift the 14th-ranked Sooners to a 51-48 win against No. 22 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam rivalry on Saturday.

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"No better way," Jones said. "God blessed me so much tonight to be able to go out like this.

"There's no better way to go out."

The Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) never led during regulation, wiping out double-digit deficits in both halves. Backup quarterback Blake Bell tied it with 4 seconds left on a 4-yard keeper on fourth-and-1 after Jones directed the first 16 plays of an extended drive.

The victory kept alive Oklahoma's chances for at least a share of the Big 12 championship. The Sooners could win it outright by beating TCU next week if No. 7 Kansas State loses to Texas.

"Football's a crazy game," Jones said. "There's up sand downs, good and bad. You have to stay somewhere in that middle ground, realizing who you are and what you're capable of and what type of offense you are.

"When you need a play, just go out and make it."

On the Sooners' second play, Clay got through traffic at the line of scrimmage and then broke through attempted tackles by Daytawion Lowe and Shamiel Gary to score the game-winner and set off an unusually giddy celebration on Owen Field.

The Sooners had lost only three times at home in Bob Stoops' first 13 seasons but dropped games this season against Kansas State and Notre Dame.

Players ran around the field in celebration, joining fans in the stands in leaping up and down when "Jump Around" was blared over the loudspeaker.

"It always feels great to go out on a win," Jones said.

Joseph Randle ran for 113 yards and matched his career-high with four touchdowns for Oklahoma State (7-4, 5-3), which settled for Quinn Sharp's 26-yard field goal in overtime.

Last season, the Cowboys blew out Oklahoma 44-10 to snap an eight-game losing streak in the series and win their first Big 12 championship outright.

Oklahoma State fans rushed the field and tore down the goalposts after that win. A year later, the elation was replaced with disappointment.

"The truth is the better your program gets, the more success you have and the more highly regarded you are, the harder it is to lose," coach Mike Gundy said.

"In a World Series, a Super Bowl or a state championship game when you lose it's a crushing blow. And the only reason is because you've taken it to another level. For the most part, this program's at a different level."

With his second straight 500-yard passing game, Jones surpassed Texas Tech's Graham Harrell to become the Big 12's career passing leader. He also became the first Bowl Subdivision quarterback ever to throw for 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in four seasons.

He led Oklahoma's first fourth-quarter comeback victory in five years a week earlier, beating West Virginia 50-49 on a pass to Kenny Stills with 24 seconds left.

"What more do you want from the guy? The guy was, again, fabulous out there tonight," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "He threw the ball all over. He threw it well, throwing bullets everywhere."

Jones finished 46 of 71, both school records, with an interception.

Clint Chelf threw for 240 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 63 yards for the Cowboys, who were trying to win on Owen Field for only the ninth time but couldn't protect an early 14-0 lead or an 11-point edge in the second half.

"There were a lot of big plays. You know there's going to be ups and downs throughout the game, so we were prepared for that," Chelf said. "We just tried to answer every time they did something and they just made one more play than us."

Jalen Saunders tied it at 38 on the second play of the fourth quarter, dodging three early tackles and racing 81 yards up the Sooners' sideline to score on a punt return.

Oklahoma State answered two possessions later, going 77 yards and taking a 45-38 lead on J.W. Walsh's 2-yard keeper with 10:41 remaining. The Cowboys sacked Jones on third down and forced an incomplete pass on fourth down to get the ball back with 7:07 to play, but went three-and-out to give it right back and set up Oklahoma's tying drive.

"We're strong," Clay said. "We're strong-willed and we can face adversity. We can go through any obstacle, and we know this offense is very potent."

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Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay tosses the football after scoring the game-winning touchdown. (US Presswire)
Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay tosses the football after scoring the game-winning touchdown. (US Presswire)

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Scoring Summary
OKLASTJoseph Randle 1 yd run (Quinn Sharp kick)
OKLASTJoseph Randle 3 yd run (Quinn Sharp kick)
OKLAMichael Hunnicutt 25 yd FG
OKLASTQuinn Sharp 42 yd FG
OKLATrey Millard 14 yd pass from Landry Jones (Michael Hunnicutt kick)
OKLAJalen Saunders 9 yd pass from Landry Jones (Michael Hunnicutt kick)
OKLASTJoseph Randle 4 yd run (Quinn Sharp kick)
OKLAKenny Stills 15 yd pass from Landry Jones (Michael Hunnicutt kick)
OKLASTJosh Stewart 75 yd pass from Clint Chelf (Quinn Sharp kick)
OKLAMichael Hunnicutt 45 yd FG
OKLASTJoseph Randle 7 yd run (Quinn Sharp kick)
OKLAMichael Hunnicutt 30 yd FG
OKLAJalen Saunders 81 yd punt return (Justin Brown 2pt pass from Landry Jones)
OKLASTJ.W. Walsh 2 yd run (Quinn Sharp kick)
OKLABlake Bell 4 yd run (Michael Hunnicutt kick)
OKLASTQuinn Sharp 26 yd FG
OKLABrennan Clay 18 yd run
Team Stats
First Downs2344
Third Down Efficiency7-1510-19
Fourth Down Efficiency0-02-3
Plays-Net Yards79-490103-618
Passing Yds289512
Kick Return Yds8933
Punt Return Yds1587
Time of Poss.23:4736:13
Individual Stats
OKLAST: Joseph Randle 21-113, Clint Chelf 12-63, Jeremy Smith 6-25, J.W. Walsh 1-2, Team 1--2
OKLA: Brennan Clay 13-59, Trey Millard 5-33, Damien Williams 7-11, Blake Bell 3-8, Roy Finch 1-1, Landry Jones 1--6
OKLAST: Clint Chelf 19-37-253-1, Joseph Randle 1-1-36-0
OKLA: Landry Jones 46-71-500-1, Blake Bell 1-2-12-0
OKLAST: Josh Stewart 11-150, Blake Webb 3-20, Joseph Randle 2-29, Isaiah Anderson 2-27, Clint Chelf 1-36, Austin Hays 1-27
OKLA: Justin Brown 15-146, Jalen Saunders 10-162, Kenny Stills 9-103, Sterling Shepard 6-65, Trey Millard 3-28, Brennan Clay 3-12, Damien Williams 1--4
Oklahoma State2nd Big 12 7-210-3
Oklahoma1st Big 12 9-011-2

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