Player of the week: Big 12

December, 9, 2013
Oklahoma receiver and return specialist Jalen Saunders became a Bedlam hero for the second consecutive season.

In 2012, Saunders had 10 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including an 81-yard punt return, as the Sooners took out Oklahoma State in overtime, 51-48.

Saturday in Stillwater, Saunders didn’t have the same kind of numbers. But in Oklahoma’s 33-24 Bedlam victory, he did deliver the same big plays, taking a major role in the Sooners’ first three touchdowns.

Saunders returned a punt 64 yards for a score in the first quarter to put the Sooners on the board and tie the game, 7-7.

In the third quarter, he took a double reverse 37 yards around the edge to set up Oklahoma’s fake field goal touchdown, which evened the game again, 17-17.

Then with 19 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, Saunders hauled in a pass from Blake Bell in the corner of the end zone from seven yards out, giving the Sooners a 27-24 lead.

Saunders’ two-game Bedlam career will go down in the annals: 15 receptions, 201 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, 49 yards rushing, two punt return touchdowns -- and the hero in two dramatic, come-from-behind victories.



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