theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Sports

December 10, 2013

Sooners put together ‘game plan’ to top Cowboys

Stillwater — Oklahoma did not gloat Saturday. It was too cold, beat up and focused after its 33-24 victory over Oklahoma State to pat itself on the back after the rarest of occasions — an upset Bedlam victory.

“You guys might not think it, but we came into this game expecting to win. We were confident. We felt we had a good plan and would play well,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “For the most part, we did.”

How could a plan entail rallying in the fourth quarter? How could it win with an offense resting the arm of the third-string quarterback when the day began? How could it go on the road and beat a team poised to win a Big 12 Conference title by scoring one touchdown — the go-ahead touchdown — with its offense on the field?

Don’t overanalyze what OU did Saturday. It caught some breaks, which winning teams usually do in big games. Above all else, it persevered and hung around until there was an opening to win. Once it was there, the Sooners pounced. 

“You’ve just got to be a man about it and go nose to nose and get what you can get,” running back Brennan Clay said.

That’s what the Bedlam game was about. The fireworks in the last two minutes gave the game the wild finish that’s become routine when the Sooners and Cowboys meet on a football field.  

Three of the last four have been decided by 10 points or less. It would be six if OU linebacker Eric Striker hadn’t scooped up a fumble on the final play and returned it 1 yard for a touchdown.

For the first 56 minutes, it was an old-fashioned defensive slugfest where OU gave little and got little back in return. Perhaps it was the frigid conditions that necessitated a game of nature, but the more likely culprit was that was the kind of game OU needed it to be in order to win.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • One Strike and Out Braves lose game, pitcher, coach

    Assistant coach Seth Tinsley knew the Ada Braves would have to be at the top of their game to gain a victory over the perennial American Legion powerhouse Midwest City Outlaws.

     

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Erik Solberg East Central names assistant soccer coach

    East Central University head soccer coach Riley Bailey has announced the addition of Erik Solberg to assist with the coaching duties starting in the 2014 season.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Street Stock crash Oklahoma Sports Park

    July 24

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU football: It's never been like this

    It’s hard to remember how many columns like this one have filled the pages through the years. Has to be at least, oh, seven or eight.

     

    July 24, 2014

  • One of the favorites Big 12 football talking Final Four

    Never have the words “Final Four” been used so often at a football media gathering. Monday at Big 12 Football Media Days, the College Football Playoff was the hot topic. On Dec. 7, the 12-member panel will announce the best four teams, and thus begins the semifinal for a national title.

     

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • One of the favorites OCRS sprint cars returning to Oklahoma Sports Park

    This Saturday will find the action packed sprint cars of the Oil Capital Racing Series making their second of three 2014 visits to the 4/10-mile oval of the Oklahoma Sports Park.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Big 12 commish issues warnings Big 12 commish issues warnings

    Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.

     

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Girl's best friend Sports Briefs

    July 22

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Looks like Kobe, Tiger no longer impact players

    Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant apparently isn’t fond of having to travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder.

     

    July 22, 2014

  • Vanoss physicals set for July 31 in gym

    Athletes at Vanoss Public Schools entering grades 5-12 can take physical exams from 4-6 p.m. July 31 in the gymnasium.

    July 21, 2014