OU squeaks out the win against OSU, 48-47: An Actual Recap

Editor’s Note: The original post was just the above GIF. It summed up the game pretty well, to be honest. 

After taking a day to digest that game, I have some thoughts that deserve to get written down.

  • I gotta give credit where it is due; Taylor “Corndog” Cornelius played a pretty good game. Sure, he had some absolutely abysmal throws (including that conversion throw, woof), but in general he stepped up and got the ball to his playmakers. 501 yards and three touchdowns is a big time performance. Tylan Wallace (220 yds, 2 tds) and Tyron Johnson (128 yds, 1 td) absolutely broke the game open for Corndog, along with impressive rushing support from Chubba Hubbard (where were you, Justice Hill?). Mistakes just soiled the game for the Cowboys.
  • Oklahoma’s defense was yet again awful. More Mike Stoops style eight yard cushions, more getting burnt. The inability to cover slants and the flats are just sickening and the amount of times the OU safeties got burnt on long balls were just embarrassing. They dared Corndog to make throws and most of the time he made them.
  • Kyler had himself another big day; 21-29 for 349 yards with an extra 66 on the ground. Murray’s decision making looked sharp and decisive and he made some impressive throws. It wasn’t the best offensive best game of the season by any means, but I thought that Murray wasn’t the issue by a long shot. Don’t blame Kyler for not being Baker.
  • Penalties yet again bit the Sooners as they racked up a total of 80 penalty yards compared to Oklahoma State’s 30. This has become an infuriating trend in these OU “struggle wins” that flat out kills offensive drives. Whether due to poor officiating or just making mistakes, it needs to stop before West Virginia.

MVP: #26 Kennedy Brooks and #4 Trey Sermon

These two have been trading spots in this column for a few weeks and now they rightfully get to share it. With T.J. Pledger out, Brooks and Sermon were the only two healthy backs on the roster. They both got some serious work, with Brooks rushing for 165 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries and Sermon rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. The OU offense relied on these two to get the job done and they strongly delivered. I’ve long wished Lincoln Riley would focus more on the running game when it’s working instead of forcing the pass and it’s due to fantastic backs like these two.

LVP: My Heart Health

I know it’s Bedlam and offense goes out the window, but can we please have a decently comfortable Bedlam? Since 2010, only two of eight games have been settled by the fourth quarter and half of them have featured both teams scoring over 40 points. While most of these games have featured two good teams and led to classic games, my heart could use a break (and probably less fast food chicken, but that’s neither here nor there).

Up Next: Kansas and their merry band of misfits. One last breath before things get truly nuts.

Game Week: Oklahoma State

Bedlam Week means one in thing in Stillwater and another in Norman. For Oklahoma State fans, the game has been somewhat of a cure all game; win and the season is a success, no matter the record. Hell, any Poke win would probably be an automatic instant classic.

In Norman however, wins are expected. It’s just OSU, after all.

Meet the Aggies Cowboys:

Historically, Oklahoma State isn’t the best team, but over the past ten years the Cowboys have been one of the most consistently good teams in college football. This season has been a rare down season for the Pokes; they have an inconsistent, non-traditional quarterback and a defense that has been unreliable at best. They’ve shown flashes of greatness (Texas, Boise State) as well as some really, really bad showings (Kansas State, Baylor). The ever eccentric Mike Gundy seems to be fully off his rocker with his wild moves turning out either to work wildly well or fail miserably.

In other words, they are a true wild card.

Looking at most of the data and film, you can easily see that this is not a good Oklahoma State team at all. However…that Texas game lingers. This is a Cowboy team that can sneak up on a better team and randomly light it up.

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Who to Watch For:

#5 Justice Hill, RB & #14 Taylor “Corndog” Cornelius

I know, I know. “Bobby, you’ve been ripping Taylor Cornelius all season, why is he even mentioned on this”? Well, my loyal readers, let me direct you to the definition of the wild card.

  • wild card (/ˈwīl(d) ˌkärd/)
    • A person or thing whose influence is unpredictable or whose influence is uncertain.

Cornelius and the Cowboys are just that. This is a team with nothing to lose and (in their mind, at least) everything to gain. The only shot OSU has at glory left on this season is this game right here. I could see the Pokes cutting the brakes and going all in on some wild “run first” gameplan as it seems that the only thing Corn Dog is good at is stumbling forward and getting a few yards.

OU has been notoriously bad at stopping the quarterback run; they even struggled last week with containing Jett Duffy, the terrible backup Tech quarterback who came in for Alan Bowman last Saturday.

Oh, and not to mention that Oklahoma State has one of the best running backs in the Big 12. While this hasn’t been a landmark season for Justice Hill, the guy is one of the most athletic backs in the Big 12 that can break out at any moment.

The Cowboys are down and out. But you never want to deal with a desperate team with nothing to lose.

Series History: 87-18-7 (Oklahoma)

As you can tell from the above record, the Bedlam football is infamously lopsided. Even in this golden age of Oklahoma State football (let’s say 2008-2017, when the Pokes went 96-34 and had six 10-plus win seasons) the Cowboys have only beaten the Sooners twice. One was 2011, where arguably the best Oklahoma State team of all time routed a walking wounded OU team and the other being the abysmal 2014 “Tyreek Hill game”.

It is honestly a tragic, yet hilarious, irony. After all the money, renovations, wins and bowl games, the Pokes still can’t have the one thing they want most: beat OU. Not only haven’t they been able to beat the Sooners, but it seems like they are the one thing stopping them from reaching that next level. OU has foiled several Big 12 championships and potentially even a Playoff birth in 2015.

Maybe the university should just move to Kansas.