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Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners prepared for another Bedlam battle | OU Sports Extra

Bedlam is here

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will resume their Bedlam rivalry on Saturday when the teams meet in Norman.

The start time is 2:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast on ABC.

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Following the Sooners’ 51-46 victory at Texas Tech, OU quarterback Kyler Murray was asked about the Bedlam game.

“It is my first one to play in,” Murray said. “I’ve seen it. Last year was pretty crazy. I think it’s just an in-state rivalry like any other. That will be fun next weekend. I know they will come to play. We’ll come to play and it will be fun.”

The Sooners have won 13 of the last 15 games between the schools, and own the all-time series 87-18-7.

Big game by Sermon

Trey Sermon became the 23rd different Oklahoma player to rush for 200 yards in a game.

The sophomore running back ended with a career-high 206 yards in OU’s victory at Texas Tech. He had seven runs of 10 yards or more, including two of his three rushing touchdowns (20 yards, 30 yards).

“I just felt really comfortable back there, and I just felt like I was clicking and in really good sync with the offensive line,” Sermon said after the road win.

Sermon’s importance increased this week after Lincoln Riley confirmed Marcelias Sutton has been lost to a broken leg. The only scholarship running backs remaining are underclassmen – Sermon, redshirt freshman Kennedy Brooks and true freshman T.J. Pledger.

Sermon had 26 carries, which was also a personal high, and averaged 7.9 yards per touch against the Red Raiders.

“Trey ran well,” OU quarterback Kyler Murray said. “I think it’s the best he ran all season. He was dominant all night.”

Oklahoma has now rushed for 300-plus yards in three consecutive games. It ran for 323 yards against TCU, 322 against Kansas State and 323 against Texas Tech.

Game-changing play

Texas Tech was trying to tie the game with a two-point conversion when Robert Barnes intercepted Jett Duffey’s pass and returned it 100 yards to give the Sooners two points and a 44-40 lead with 6:54 remaining.

“Rob had a great game tonight,” OU linebacker Curtis Bolton said. “He’s battled through a lot in his early years, and for him to come up big like that it’s huge. That’s what our defense needs.”

Kenneth Murray described his perspective of the play.

“I saw Robert come up and make the play. As soon as he got to moving up the sideline, I just slowed down because I was already tired,” Murray said with a smile. “I made three tackles in a row on that drive so I was dying. Once I seen him hit the sideline I knew that he was gone, I went ahead and chilled out. There was no reason to run down there. I’ll celebrate with him on the sideline.”

More on Sutton

Riley said Sutton suffered a broken leg during last Wednesday’s practice, which ended his 2018 football season.

“It was a tough blow for him, a senior here that’s fought his tail off, it was tough,” Riley said. “I’ve seen that kid since he was a sophomore in high school at James Kenan in North Carolina, a little school about the size of this room here.

“And for that kid to be here, getting ready to get his degree, do all he’s done is a miracle. He’s great kid, it killed the team. I mean it just, it was tough. You see a guy go down like that and it just guts you man.”

Sutton finished with 29 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns this season. He also had one kick return for 14 yards.

— Eric Bailey, Tulsa World

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