We thought the offensives would be explosive and there certainly wasn’t any disappointment. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State combined for 114 points and 1,446 yards in the highest scoring game in the history of the Bedlam series.
Mayfield sliced Oklahoma State’s defense with 598 passing yards and five touchdowns, and then added another touchdown on the ground in a record-setting performance. Joining Mayfield in the record books is sophomore Marquise Brown who racked up 265 receiving yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions.
Trying to counter Mayfield was Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph who threw for 448 yards and five scores of his own. The Cowboys also leaned on Justice Hill who had a career performance with 228 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
There were so many critical moments in a game that was literally back and forth but the defining play came in the final moments of the game. Facing a fourth and eight, from the Oklahoma 38, Rudolph missed an open Tyron Johnson streaking down the sideline resulting in an incompletion and a turnover on downs. Two plays later Trey Sermon broke off a game-clinching 53-yard touchdown run.
There is a degree of separation between Mayfield and Rudolph. The ball was right where Oklahoma State wanted it, in Mason Rudolph’s hands. The senior quarterback just couldn’t execute in the clutch, which is what separates him and Mayfield. Both quarterbacks had their moments. Both threw five touchdowns. Both had turnovers (Mayfield 2, Rudolph 3) yet one made plays that won the game.
It’s time for people to start talking about the depth of Oklahoma’s receiving corps as well. Heading into the game there was a lot of talk about Oklahoma State’s receiving corps, and rightfully so, but the world learned that the Sooners are pretty deep as well. In addition to Brown’s big day, Mark Andrews recorded 102 yards on three receptions while CeeDee Lamb and Mykel Jones averaged 17 yards per catch.
It really is close at the top of the Big 12. Undoubtedly this was the two best offenses in the conference going at one another. Iowa State and TCU are in the mix because of defense and that makes the road to the championship a difficult one.
Baker Mayfield put the Heisman Trophy in a headlock. As the season heads into the final month every game has to be clutch if you’re a Heisman contender. JT Barrett threw four interceptions and Saquon Barkley was held to just 63 yards. Both walked off the field with a loss before Baker’s record-setting performance was over.
There’s still a chance for a Bedlam rematch. It’s a long shot but it can happen. The Cowboys need TCU to stumble twice (Frogs are at Oklahoma next week) and then handle business against Iowa State and things could be in motion for a Bedlam Big 12 Championship Game.