No. 5 Oklahoma needs overtime to survive huge scare from Army

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Army running back Kell Walker (5) avoids a tackle by Oklahoma defensive end Amani Bledsoe (72) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Army running back Kell Walker (5) avoids a tackle by Oklahoma defensive end Amani Bledsoe (72) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma avoided a catastrophe against Army.

The No. 5 Sooners needed overtime to avoid a major upset at the hands of the Black Knights. Kyler Murray’s overtime touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb and a subsequent defensive stop gave OU a dramatic 28-21 win.

Army totally dominated the ball, maintaining possession for a whopping 44:41 during regulation. A third-quarter Army drive that spanned 10:47 was capped off with an Andy Davidson touchdown run, tying the score at 21-21 with 1:51 left in the quarter.

On the ensuing drive, Oklahoma marched right down the field and faced first and goal from the 10. Two straight handoffs to Trey Sermon advanced OU to the 1-yard line, but Sermon was stuffed on both third and fourth and goal, giving the ball back to Army and keeping the game tied at 21 apiece.

Army’s ensuing drive was another slog. The Black Knights regained possession with 12:12 to play and held the ball for 17 plays and 10:06, moving all the way to the OU 34. That’s when, on third-and-14, Kelvin Hopkins was intercepted by OU’s Kenneth Mann on a tipped pass.

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That put the ball back in the hands of Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense with 2:09 to play. The Sooners worked their way down the field and set up a potential game-winning 33-yard field goal from Austin Seibert with just two seconds to go. However, the usually reliable Seibert hooked the field goal left, forcing overtime.

When overtime began, it took OU just two plays to regain the lead, 28-21, on a Murray touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb.

Army’s possession went four-and-out, and the Sooners survived.

It was a game very few were able to watch

Every season, Oklahoma has one game that is a pay-per-view only broadcast. This was the one. You would have had to pay $54.99 to watch.

From the Oklahoman:

Each Big 12 member gets to hold back one game per season to distribute as it sees fit. […] OU-Army is the Tier 3 game controlled by OU – which means it’s controlled by Fox.

OU’s contract with Fox Sports Net (Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Southwest, etc.) created a quasi-Sooner network, SoonerSports.tv. Fox televises a bunch of basketball games, baseball games, softball games, gymnastics meets, wrestling duals and other sports, plus coaches shows and other content. The Sooners are guaranteed about 1,000 hours of programming per year and have made about $5 million per season.

But part of that agreement is that Fox controls that one football game per year.

I had to listen to the game via an Internet stream of Army’s radio broadcast. Others had more creative ways, like via a Twitch stream of a random guy’s TV screen.


What a world.

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