Mayfield’s 598 yards lead Oklahoma past Oklahoma St. 62-52
STILLWATER, Okla. — Bedlam sure lived up to its name.
Baker Mayfield passed for a school-record 598 yards and No. 8 Oklahoma outlasted No. 11 Oklahoma State 62-52 on Saturday in one of the highest-scoring games in the history of the rivalry.
Mayfield threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score to outduel Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph in a battle of two Heisman Trophy contenders.
“He was awesome, played at an elite level,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “He’s been through enough of these, he doesn’t blink, he doesn’t flinch. He’s made for atmospheres like this. It’s his favorite thing in the world.”
Rudolph passed for 448 yards and five touchdowns, but he had two critical turnovers in the second half.
“It was a heck of a college football game,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “I just wish we had made a couple more plays later than they did.”
Marquise Brown caught nine passes for a school-record 265 yards, and he had touchdown receptions of 84 and 77 yards for the Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 5 CFP). Oklahoma gained 785 total yards.
Oklahoma State (7-2, 4-2, No. 11 CFP) appeared to have lost its last chance when Oklahoma’s Tre Brown intercepted the ball off a deflection with 1:56 remaining and the Cowboys trailing 55-52. A targeting penalty against Oklahoma’s Will Johnson negated the play, but the Cowboys couldn’t take advantage of the extra opportunity.
Justice Hill ran for a career-high 228 yards for Oklahoma State and James Washington caught seven passes for 128 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the second half with an ankle injury.
The game was tied at 38-all at halftime. In the second quarter, the teams combined for 52 points and 540 yards. Mayfield passed for a school-record 387 yards in the first half. Rudolph hung in there with him and passed for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Brown tied Juaquin Iglesias’ school record for yards receiving in a half with 178 before the break.
“It was like a 15-rounder,” Riley said. “It was a heavyweight battle. Both teams laid it all on the line.”
Oklahoma: The Sooners barely got away with this one. They found multiple playmakers to keep Oklahoma State’s defense off balance, then made just enough defensive plays to win. Rodney Anderson ran for 111 yards and Trey Sermon added 81 on the ground to provide balance for Mayfield.
“It was a game of will,” Riley said. “We kind of find a way. It’s one I’ll remember for a long time.”
Oklahoma State: Though the Cowboys were more competitive than in the previous two matchups with Oklahoma, the defense couldn’t come up with enough plays.
“I’ve been in a lot of weird games at Oklahoma State, but I don’t know if I’ve been in a game like that,” Gundy said.
Oklahoma: The Sooners will host TCU.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys play at Iowa State.