Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Best and worst of 2012: Oklahoma
By David Ubben
Time to continue our series on the best and worst moments of 2012 for each team in the Big 12. Next up: Oklahoma.
Worst moment: Fumbles let outright title get away
Oklahoma has to feel like that fateful night in September should have gone differently. Landry Jones got caught from behind and coughed up the ball for an easy scoop and score for K-State. Inside the 5-yard line, Blake Bell inexplicably fumbled a good snap and lost a chance at seven more points with a mistake that was way out of character. The result: A 24-19 loss on their home field to Big 12 title-winner K-State. A win would have given the Sooners an outright title, but the loss in the conference opener was the second in two seasons in Big 12 play for Oklahoma, who had lost just one Big 12 game at home between 1999 and 2010.
Best moment: Rivalry Revelry
Oklahoma trailed Oklahoma State by 11 in the second half, but the Sooners rallied with a dramatic punt return for a touchdown from Jalen Saunders to tie the game. Facing a fourth-and-1 with just seconds to play, the Belldozer earned some redemption for the early-season miscue, powering over a defender for a game-tying score and a celebration on the way to the sideline. In overtime, Brennan Clay clinched the win with a beastly 18-yard touchdown run that featured a big-time truck of an Oklahoma State defender on the way into the end zone. That keyed off an even bigger celebration that kept Oklahoma in the hunt for the Big 12 title and BCS bowl bid, as well as retaking the state's bragging rights after losing a blowout in Stillwater a year earlier.