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Report card: OSU vs. Oklahoma

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November 21, 2020

11/21/2020 Oklahoma vs OSU football. Photo by Ty Russell

Oklahoma State came into the game with the chance to effectively clinch its spot in the Big 12 Championship.

It did the exact opposite. 

Here is how OSU graded out in Bedlam.

Passing offense: D

Spencer Sanders went out of the game early and didn’t return until the fourth quarter. Shane Illingworth and Sanders combined for 15 of 40 passing for 168 yards. Neither quarterback played their best, and it showed. The Cowboys weren’t able to get anything going offensively, and the play of the quarterback was a major part in that. 

Rushing offense: Non-existent

All year, OSU has been trying to get the run game going, but in Bedlam it seemed to abandon the run game despite the bad performance of the quarterbacks. Chuba Hubbard only had 10 carries, LD Brown had eight and Dezmon Jackson had three. None of the running backs got over 50 yards. The lack of an effective run game is a major part of why the offense only scored 13 points. 

Passing defense: C 

Aside from the first two and last two drives of the game, the OSU secondary did not play bad, but the first quarter was a killer to the team and the outcome. OU’s quarterback Spencer Rattler threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns. If the first quarter and the last two drives are taken away, the secondary didn’t play bad, but it did give up 41 points. 

Rushing Defense: C

Same as the passing offense. It was solid most of the game, but the first two drives and the fourth quarter set the tone of the game and those were when the defense was the weakest. Rhamondre Stevenson’s size wore down the Cowboy defense and it led to 191 rushing yards for the Sooners rushers. The rushing defense did only allow one touchdown, so that can be taken as a positive. 

Chippiness: A

Despite the score both teams were mouthing back and forth for the entire game, which added extra flare to an otherwise gray game. Without the trash talk would it really be Bedlam? No. The talk boiled over at halftime when the two teams had to be separated on the way to the locker rooms as some members of each team shared some shoves and words. 

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