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3 takeaways: Run game still poor in loss

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Ollie Gordon

OSU found itself down early, and it was just too much to overcome.

OSU came up short in this year’s Bedlam, falling to Oklahoma 28-13. Here are three takeaways from the game:

Cowboys’ poor start in first quarter leads to early deficit

OSU gave up two quick touchdowns to the Sooners in just over the first five minutes of Saturday’s contest. OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders’ threw interceptions on back-to-back possessions, and just like that, the score was 28-0 in favor of Oklahoma. Miscommunication and missed coverages halted the Cowboys early.

Offensive struggles plague OSU

The Cowboys turned the ball over four times on Saturday, all by interceptions from OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders. The first interception was due to a miscommunication from Sanders and OSU receiver Jaden Bray. OSU’s rushing attack was lackluster once again. Sanders’ led the team with 42 yards and Jaden Nixon rushed for 37 yards. After averaging a poor 1.6 yards per carry versus Iowa State last week, OSU averaged 2.9 yards per carry against the Sooners.

Oklahoma running backs put forth a solid outing

Eric Gray and Jovantae Barnes rushed for a combined 149 yards on saturday. Gray rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Barnes rushed for 59 yards on just 6 carries. Gray also caught three passes for 30 yards. The one-two punch from Gray and Barnes helped Oklahoma secure both a Bedlam win and bowl eligibility.