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Oklahoma State Football | Bedlam Rewind #4: Fumble Recovery Blows Open 2011 Bedlam

Zachary Low


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 entered the game with a 10-1 record, fresh off a 37-31 loss in double overtime to the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames. The loss would end up costing the Pokes a shot at a National Title, but the Cowboys were still hoping for a bid in the BCS Championship game.

Oklahoma was 9-2 coming into the game as a slight underdog on the road. The Sooners were hoping for an upset and a chance at another Big 12 title.

The Cowboys started off the game on the top with a 10-0 lead, but it was mostly a defensive battle. Still scoreless, the Sooners began working their way downfield, and they found themselves in the red zone.

The Play

Needing to score to cut into the double-digit deficit, Sooner quarterback Landry Jones dropped back for a pass on 3rd and 6. Then, the unthinkable happened.

Oklahoma State was able to blow the game wide open as Cowboy linebacker Alex Elkins hit Sooner quarterback Landry Jones in the backfield to force a fumble. Cowboy defensive end Jamie Blatnick recovered the fumble and returned it all the way back to the 1-yard line.

The Result

The Cowboys scored on the very next play as Joseph Randle ran the ball in for a 1-yard touchdown. The score gave Oklahoma State a 17-0 lead, and the Cowboys would go on to route the Sooners 44-10 in a dominant Bedlam victory.

Following the win and the end of the regular season, the 10-1 Cowboys would be left out of the BCS Championship Game, but Oklahoma State would go on to defeat the Stanford Cardinal 41-38 in overtime of the Fiesta Bowl.

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