Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/6/11

No. 3 Oklahoma stated its case to BCS voters Saturday pounding (9) Oklahoma in this latest edition of the Bedlam Series, 44-10. This was the Cowboy’s first win in the series since 2002, and could not have come at a better time. Here are five things we learned from the Big 12 Championship:
 
Oklahoma State deserves their shot at LSU
No. 2 had their turn in Tuscaloosa and lost 9-6. They had everything in that game going for them, better running back, and home field advantage and still could not pull off the upset. Oklahoma State had a slip up as well, losing to Iowa State on November 18th, 37-31. OSU deserves their shot and fans outside of the SEC and Alabama are the only ones who don’t think so. The Cowboys are third in the nation averaging 557 yards per game. LSU’s defense is second best in total defense allowing 252.08 yards a game. Fans much rather see this than another snoozer between LSU and Bama. Which may I remind you is in the Tigers backyard of New Orleans.
 
Weeden > Jones
Brandon Weeden proved he is better than his in state rival Saturday going 24 of 36 for 217 yards. Landry Jones, completed 27 of 50 passes for 250 yards and two picks. Weeden didn’t throw any touchdowns for the first time this season, but it didn’t matter. He didn’t make any mistakes and sat back and watched every other aspect of the Cowboys team do well.
 
Welcome to the party OSU Defense.
After not playing well all season, the Cowboys stepped up when it counted. They may have given up 358 yards but they forced five turnovers, two picks of Landry Jones, and housed a fumble five yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to give the Cowboys a 34-3 lead. Not to mention another fumble recovery that was taken back 59 yards. They defense had six tackles for loss totaling 30 yards, as well as two sacks. What a day for the Cowboys’ D.
 
As I said, Joseph Randle was the difference maker
In my preview to this game, http://www.footballnation.com/content/oklahoma-oklahoma-state-3-keys-to-the-game/11453/, I stated that Joseph Randle was the key to this game, and he showed us why. He had 19 carries for 151 yards and two scores. But what I should have said is that the OSU running game would be the key to the game. Not to be out done, sophomore Jeremy Smith, in only his second 100 yard game, had 10 carries for 119 yards and two scores. The Sooners were prepared for Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, they just weren’t prepared for the ground game.
 
Inside the numbers: 8.4 versus 3.3
That is the Cowboys averaged 8.4 yards per carry to the Sooners 3.3. If you want to keep a dynamic offense, such as OSU’s, off the field you have to be able to pound the rock. Oklahoma’s leading rusher, Roy Finch, had 65 yards and no scores. Controlling the clock could have changed the whole dynamic to this game, had the Sooners run the ball more efficiently, this game could have been flip flopped. 
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