Ok­la­homa stops 2-pointer to es­cape with wild win

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Cliff Brunt

Ok­la­homa re­ceiver Mar­quise Brown scores on a 51-yard pass from Kyler Mur­ray ahead of Ok­la­homa State cor­ner­back Tan­ner McCal­is­ter with 1:09 left in the sec­ond quar­ter. No. 6 Ok­la­homa 48, Ok­la­homa State 47

NORMAN, Okla. — Ok­la­homa es­caped again.

And in what the Soon­ers call "Cham­pi­onship Novem­ber," noth­ing is more im­por­tant.

Kyler Mur­ray passed for 349 yards and ran for 66 and No. 6 Ok­la­homa sur­vived a late two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt to beat Ok­la­homa State 48-47 on Satur­day. The Soon­ers con­tin­ued their push for a Big 12 ti­tle and a spot in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off by win­ning their 15th con­sec­u­tive Novem­ber game dat­ing to 2014.

It was an­other close call — the vic­tory came a week af­ter Ok­la­homa edged Texas Tech 51-46. The Soon­ers will take the shootouts as long as they keep get­ting the best of them.

"As bad as we played on de­fense, coming out with a 'W' is all that mat­ters," Ok­la­homa line­backer Cur­tis Bolton said. "You can play good de­fense and lose a game, and it doesn't mat­ter that you played good de­fense. It mat­ters that you lost the game. So even if you're play­ing bad de­fense, we played good when it counted and came out with a 'W,' and at the end of the day, that's what mat­ters."

Ok­la­homa nearly saw its chances of reach­ing its goals van­ish. Ok­la­homa State's Tay­lor Cor­nelius con­nected with Ty­lan Wal­lace on a 24-yard touch­down pass to cut Ok­la­homa's lead to one with 1:03 to play. Ok­la­homa State went for two, but Cor­nelius threw short and into cov­er­age, Ok­la­homa's Tre Brown got his hand on the ball and the pass fell in­com­plete.

Ok­la­homa State coach Mike Gundy was con­fi­dent in his de­ci­sion to go for two.

"As the game was go­ing back and forth, on the road, strug­gling stop­ping them — prob­a­bly the best thing," he said. "Had a shot at it, just didn't make a good throw."

Ok­la­homa re­cov­ered the on­side kick and ran out the clock.

That's why they call it Bed­lam," Ok­la­homa coach Lin­coln Ri­ley said. "It lived up to the name, lived up to the ri­valry. Tremen­dous game."

Kennedy Brooks ran for 165 yards and three touch­downs, Trey Ser­mon ran for 124 yards and two scores and Mar­quise Brown caught eight passes for 142 yards and a score for the Soon­ers (9-1, 6-1).

Cor­nelius passed for a ca­reer-high 501 yards and three touch­downs for the Cow­boys (5-5, 2-5). Wal­lace caught 10 passes for 220 yards and two scores. Chuba Hub­bard ran for 104 yards and three scores, but he lost a crit­i­cal fum­ble in the fourth quar­ter.

In all, Ok­la­homa State gained 640 yards.

Ok­la­homa State took a 35-34 lead in the third quar­ter on Hub­bard's 2-yard run, but the Soon­ers re­sponded quickly. Brooks had a 5-yard touch­down on the last play of the third quar­ter to give Ok­la­homa a 41-35 lead.

Hub­bard scored again with 12:20 to play, but Ok­la­homa State kicker Matt Am­men­dola missed the ex­tra point, leav­ing the score tied at 41.

With Ok­la­homa State driv­ing for the lead, Hub­bard fum­bled, and Ok­la­homa's Ken­neth Mur­ray re­cov­ered with 6:09 to play. Ok­la­homa took ad­van­tage when Trey Ser­mon pow­ered in from the 1 with 3:29 left, set­ting up Ok­la­homa State's fi­nal drive.

[ALONZO ADAMS/ THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS]

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