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Oklahoma State Football | Bedlam Football Rewind #5: Freshman QB Ruins OU’s Nat’l Title Hopes

Zachary Low

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Note: Narrowing down top Bedlam moments is a bit of a challenge. What we’ve decided to do is pick five special moments from games dating back to the 2001 season.

Setting Up the Play

Oklahoma State was 3-7 coming into the game, while the Oklahoma was 10-1 and hoping for another shot at a BCS National Championship. The Cowboys nearly upset the Sooners championship bid the year before in a 12-7 battle in Stillwater, but Oklahoma came into the game as a near four-touchdown favorite.

Cowboy quarterback Aso Pogi threw 2 interceptions in the first 3 offensive series of the game, so he was replaced by true freshman Josh Field.

Fields got off to a rough start, throwing an interception as well, but it took just a few possessions for him to put together a 70-yard drive midway through the second quarter that led to Oklahoma State’s first points of the game, a 27-yard field goal by Luke Phillips, making it 7-3 in favor of the Sooners.

The Sooners kicked a field goal of their own, and the Cowboys answered with one of their own as Phillips knocked through a 57-yarder to make it 10-6 at the half.

The third quarter was a scoreless one, much like the first, and Oklahoma was able to kick another field goal to start the fourth as a result of a fumble by the Cowboys. Oklahoma State answered on the very next drive with a 52-yard field goal by Phillips, and with under 8 minutes left in the game, the Sooners led 13-9.

The Play

After a few punts, the Cowboys got the ball back on their own 35-yard line with 3:05 left to play. The freshman phenom quarterback then put together one of the most memorable drives in history. Josh Fields picked the Sooner defense apart as he completed 5-of-5 passes, including the one that made Oklahoma State history: a 14-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Rashaun Woods in the corner of the end zone.

The Result

The Cowboys took a 16-13 lead off the touchdown pass from Fields to Woods, and with a minute-and-a-half to go in the game, the Sooners had a chance to try to save the game. Oklahoma was unsuccessful, and the Cowboys were able to run the clock all the way down to 20 seconds.

The Sooners tried throw up a miracle, and the pass resulted in an interception, which sealed the win for Oklahoma State. Oklahoma was effectively eliminated from the Big 12 Championship game, and though the Cowboys finished the season with just a 4-7 record, it was a turning point for the program that fans are still benefiting from today.

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