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Marquise Brown, even with bum ankle, sparks Sooner offense with third-down catch

Oklahoma's Marquise Brown celebrates a touchdown with Cody Ford during the second quarter of the Sooners' Bedlam victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Brown finished the game with eight catches for 142 yards in the Sooners' win. [PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown celebrates a touchdown with Cody Ford during the second quarter of the Sooners’ Bedlam victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Brown finished the game with eight catches for 142 yards in the Sooners’ win. [PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, The Oklahoman]

NORMAN — Before Oklahoma’s offense took the field with 3:31 left in the third quarter, Lincoln Riley pulled Kyler Murray aside. The Sooner offense had stagnated after cruising to a 34-point first half.

“You can’t try to just win this thing by yourself right now,” Riley told his quarterback. “You’ve got to keep trusting it.”

Four plays later, all Murray did was make the right read. He trusted Marquise Brown to do much more.

The Sooner receiver ran a crossing route on third-and-11 from OU’s 26-yard line. The Sooners trailed Oklahoma State 35-34 and hadn’t yet scored in the third quarter.

“I knew people was behind me once I caught it,” Brown said.

Two Cowboys converged on him seven yards short of the first down, but Brown changed speed and made a slight cut to split them both.

A would-be punt turned into a 25-yard pickup. Two plays later Brown caught a 39-yard bomb to set the Sooners up to take a 41-35 lead.

“The fact that Kyler trusted (the read) gave Marquise that opportunity,” Riley said. “That’s what your best players gotta do, especially in games like that. You’re gonna have some stuff that works, and drawn up and it all looks pretty. But you’re gonna have some plays like that that your guys gotta make. And he made it.”

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