Bell Bumps out Oklahoma State in Stillwater


Stillwater, OK— Blake Bell, not freshman sensation Trevor Knight, constructed a game-winning drive over the Cowboys, in Stillwater. The senior quarterback lofted a it right into Jalen Saunders’ breadbasket on a 7 yard flag route, to put the Sooners up 27-24 with 19 seconds to go in the game.

In a last ditch effort to keep their title and BCS berth hopes alive, the Cowboys continued to lateral the ball before ultimately fumbling the ball on their own 3. Eric Striker scooped it up and put it in the end zone, to win the game 33-27.

The Cowboys came into today’s contest against their in-state rival, with realistic chances at an outright conference championship and a BCS berth. A win against the Sooners would secure both for Mike Gundy and company, before falling to 10-2 (7-2 in the conference).

Oklahoma who were not playing for anything improve their record to 10-2 (7-2) with the 33-27 win.

Trevor Knight had earned in his starting role with his late season play completed just 3 of his 7 pass attempts for 28 yards, before getting injured at the end of the first half.

Cowboys plunged a 1 yard dive from Desmond Roland to take an early lead in the first quarter. Saunders who caught the game-winner, took a 64 yard punt return to the house to know it up for the Sooners at the end of the first.

After trading field goals in the second,  both teams went into the locker room tied at 10.

Quarterback Blake Bell entered the game in the second half after the injury to Knight. The junior out of Wichita, KS, came out firing, going 10-16 for 140 yards including that late game touchdown pass.

Roland got things going for the Cowboys with another touchdown in the third. This one on the receiving end of a 15 yard pass from Clint Chelf.

With nothing to lose, Bob Stoops pulled out all his tricks under his sleeve. He opted to fake the field goal, hitting kicker, Michael Hunnicutt on a 8 yard flare from Grant Bothun, to knot it back up at 17 before the end of three.

After a Hunnicutt field goal, Roland plunged another 1 yarder in to put the Cowboys up 24-20 with 1:46 to go.

That’s when Bell orchestrated a game-winning drive, to knock off #6 Oklahoma State 33-24.

Roland in a losing effort, had 21 carries for 144 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Clint Chelf finished the afternoon 19/35 for 200 yards and 1 touchdown.

Oklahoma now finishes the season with 10 wins, for the fourth consecutive year, thank in large part to Blake Bell.

With the Big 12 Championship still up for grabs, all eyes turn to Floyd Casey Stadium, where the Baylor Bears play host to in-state rival Texas Longhorns. Both who lost to the Cowboys, now have a chance at a conference championship and a BCS berth with a win.


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