Sanders leads No. 7 Oklahoma after No. 10 Oklahoma

Sanders leads No. 7 Oklahoma after No. 10 Oklahoma

STILLWATER, UCLA. – Spencer Sanders threw a touchdown and ran for another as the 7th seed Oklahoma State beat No. 10 Oklahoma Saturday night to preserve its college football playoff chances and stop the Sooners streak of 12 major titles in six.

Oklahoma State (11-1, 8-1, No. 7 CFP) snapped a six-game losing streak against Oklahoma. The Cowboys will play 9th seed Baylor on Saturday in the Big 12 tournament.

Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2, No. 10 CFP) got the ball for the last time in the 20- with 54 seconds remaining and no timeouts. Caleb Williams scrambled and ran 56 yards to put the Sooners into the scoring range. But Oklahoma State’s Colin Oliver dismissed him for fourth at Oklahoma State’s 32nd with eight seconds remaining, which led to a raucous celebration.

Oklahoma State entered the game second nationally in defensive goalscoring and third in total defense, but Williams threw three touchdown passes in the first half. He connected only 6 of his 18 passes for 48 yards in the second half.

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Oklahoma State quarterback Malcolm Rodriguez, who ran 11 tackles, two tackles, three tackles for a loss and a breakup pass, said the Cowboys remained confident after a shaky start.

“We knew we were the best defense, so we knew we just had to go out there and punch and keep fighting, man,” Rodriguez said. “Just do what we have, relax and just be us.”

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy won only for the third time in 17 attempts against Oklahoma. Now, the Cowboys can win their first Big 12 title since 2011.

Oklahoma State had already settled a place in the Big 12 title match, but the stakes remained high. With Baylor’s win over Texas Tech earlier on Saturday, Oklahoma needed a win to reach the Conference Championship game, giving Oklahoma State a chance to eliminate its rival.

“A painful loss tonight. There’s no other way to describe it,” said Lincoln Riley, the Oklahoma coach.

The match turned when Oklahoma’s Eric Gray blocked a penalty and Oklahoma State recovered at Oklahoma 5. Then Jalen Warren’s 1 shot gave Oklahoma State a 37-33 lead with 8:54 remaining.

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Ty Martin got 30 yards off the touchdown and 4 yards off the touchdown in the first quarter to help Oklahoma State lead 14-7.

Oklahoma tied him when Williams, dipped and under pressure, found Austin Stugner for a 29-yard touchdown pass to tie it. Brennan Presley responded immediately with a 100-yard kick-back for a touchdown that put the Cowboys back ahead.

Late in the second quarter, Oklahoma’s Woody Washington intercepted Sanders’ pass and returned it to Oklahoma State 14. Williams called Brayden Willis for 10 yards, and tied the 24 extra point.

Oklahoma opened the scoring in the second half in a strange way. Perion Winfrey hit Oklahoma State’s Dominic Richardson, the ball went out, and Oklahoma State recovered in the end zone for safety.

He hit Oklahoma again after being forced into three outs. Presley stopped the ball, and Justin Broyles recovered in the end zone to give the Sooners a 33-24 lead.

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Sanders went 37 yards to land on a hold option, and Oklahoma State snapped Oklahoma’s lead to 33-31 with 13:52 remaining.

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Oklahoma: He quickly did not score against the declared Oklahoma State defense in the second half. Urgent points were only safety related and Broyles tripped.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys did enough to beat them. They made uncharacteristic errors, but they got a gritty performance from Sanders, who passed for 214 yards and ran for 93.

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Riley, speaking of rumors that he will be leaving LSU coaching: “I won’t be the next coach at LSU. Next question.”

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Oklahoma’s Kennedy Brooks became the fourth rusher to post three seasons with at least 1,000 yards. Join De’Mond Parker, Adrian Peterson and Samaje Perine. It also moved into the top ten of Oklahoma’s career arenas. He knocked out Greg Pruitt in the top 10 and now has 3,178 yards in his career. He has 464 rushing yards in three career games against Oklahoma State.

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the following:

Oklahoma: The Bowl Game.

Oklahoma State: No. 9 will play Baylor in the Big 12 title game.

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