The No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners football team is hosting the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) is attempting to maintain its position in the College Football Playoff race, with an eye on another Big 12 championship. Oklahoma State (5-4, 2-4 Big 12), which entered with a three-game losing streak in the annual series, is trying to throw a wrench in the Sooners’ plans.
It was a high-scoring first half in the 2018 edition of Bedlam, but the most memorable moment of the first two quarters came in between the whistles.
A man fell off the Sooner Schooner during the traditional field celebration following a score by Oklahoma. The man was then dragged into the tunnel, while his companion attempted, and failed, to pull him back into the wagon. Thankfully he appeared to be OK after the accident. Video of the incident can be seen below.
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— ESPN (@espn) November 10, 2018
Oklahoma came into the matchup as a 21 1/2-point favorite. Cowboys coach Mike Gundy has gone 2-11 against the Sooners during his tenure.
The Oklahoma offense ran through another defense like a well-oiled machine, amassing more than 700 yards of total offense in a 51-14 victory last weekend over Kansas State. Building off the week before, the Sooners rushed the ball at an elite rate, racking up 322 yards at 8.3 yards per carry. Oklahoma State is coming off a 35-31 loss to Baylor.
“Yeah, it’s helped,” Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said about the success of the running game this week. “It’s helped, just kind of playing better all the way around right now. The line’s playing better. Backs are getting comfortable. Confidence has grown. It’s made a big difference, no question. Some of our efficiency the last couple weeks can be directly attributed to that. So we’ll need to do it again here.
“And this (Oklahoma State) front done a nice job stopping the run. [They’re a] very physical front, very experienced linebacking group. So just like the defense is going to be challenged, our offense is going to be challenged as well.”
Oklahoma leads 34-28 at halftime.