STILLWATER, Okla. -- Of all the wild Bedlam showdowns, filled with unbelievable swings, unceasing scoring and unthinkable finishes, Saturday’s thriller in Stillwater just might have topped them all.
In the end, Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma outlasted Mason Rudolph and Oklahoma State 62-52, keeping the Sooners' dreams of advancing to the College Football Playoff alive, while extinguishing the Cowboys' hopes.
After failing to stop Oklahoma State for much of the game, Oklahoma’s beleaguered defense finally got a stop when it mattered the most.
On fourth-and-7 from the Sooners' 43-yard line, Rudolph’s pass went over the head of Tyron Johnson down the sideline, sealing Oklahoma’s third straight win over the Pokes.
In the waning seconds, Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon delivered the exclamation point before a sold-out Boone Pickens Stadium, dashing through a desperate Oklahoma State defense 53 yards for a touchdown.
Though Mayfield's third-and-goal interception toss late in the fourth quarter gave Rudolph and the Cowboys new life, Mayfield delivered another Heisman Trophy statement with yet another spectacular performance on the road.
Mayfield passed for 598 yards and five touchdowns, and he also stiff-armed Oklahoma State linebacker Justin Phillips for a 7-yard scoring run.
All told, Oklahoma rolled up 785 yards of offense. And Mayfield broke Landry Jones' school record for passing yards in a game and Sam Bradford’s school record for passing yards in a half.
The two teams combined for a Bedlam-record 114 points, topping the 102 the schools put up in 2008. Rudolph passed for 448 yards and five touchdowns. Yet as prolific as Rudolph was, Mayfield was even better.
And on the same day that Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, Stanford’s Bryce Love and Penn State’s Saquon Barkley all lost, Mayfield might have played himself at the top of the Heisman conversation. He is aiming to join Herschel Walker as just the second player since the 1940s to finish in the top four of the Heisman voting three times.
With Iowa State falling at West Virginia, the Sooners can all but clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game next weekend in a massive showdown against eighth-ranked TCU that will whittle the number of the Big 12 title contenders to one, provided the Horned Frogs defeat Texas later Saturday night.
Including Saturday's victory, Oklahoma has now won 15 of the past 16 Bedlam meetings when both teams have been ranked.