- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
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A look at the best and brightest from the win over Oklahoma State:
Quarterback Blake Bell: The Sooners quarterback didn’t fold under the pressure of taking the field with under two minutes remaining and OU needing a touchdown. Instead Bell excelled. He led OU down the field, going 5-of-8 on the drive, capping it with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders. He was 9-of-14 for 134 yards and one touchdown for a raw QBR of 91 in the fourth quarter. He played the majority of the second half after starter Trevor Knight was injured and was superb in backup duties. Quite simply, he played his best when the Sooners needed it most.
Receiver Jalen Saunders: In addition to his game-winning touchdown catch, Saunders returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown. His punt return completely changed the momentum of the game and gave the Sooners hope when they were facing a 7-point deficit and hadn’t accomplished much on offense.
Receiver Sterling Shepard: Bell and Saunders stole the show but Shepard was the Sooners most productive offensive player. The sophomore finished with seven receptions for 112 yards including four receptions for 92 yards in the final 15 minutes. As clutch as Bell and Saunders were, the Sooners probably don’t win the game without the explosive play of Shepard.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops: The Sooners held OSU to 2 of 13 on third down, essentially stopping the Cowboy attack by making the key plays when it mattered in third down situations. OSU quarterback Clint Chelf entered the game leading the Big 12 in third down QBR at 91.8 (on a scale of 0-100 with 50 being average). The Sooners held him a total third down QBR of 9.3.
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