STILLWATER — Before the punt, there was the fumble.
One quarter before Oklahoma punted it again and Tyreek Hill tied Bedlam 2014, Samaje Perine fumbled for the first time in his career. Oklahoma State also recovered its first fumble of the season in that moment. Perine left the game with an injury and did not return.
It didn’t lead to points for OSU, but it prevented the Sooners from potentially driving a dagger in the Cowboys’ season. The Sooners were only 27 yards away from a touchdown that would have given them a 35-14, third-quarter lead.
It’s the type of bounce a double-digit underdog needs to win a game. It’s the type of play OSU (5-4, 2-4 Big 12) will need Saturday in Norman to upset the sixth-ranked Sooners (8-1, 5-1). OU is a 19.5-point favorite as of Wednesday afternoon. That was the closing line when OSU won in overtime, 38-35, in 2014.