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Oklahoma's Bradford has surgery on hand

December 08, 2008|Associated Press

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is expected back at practice within 10 days after having surgery on his left hand Sunday.

Bradford hurt his non-throwing hand while stiff-arming Oklahoma State linebacker Orie Lemon in the Sooners' regular-season finale. He played Saturday in the Big 12 championship game, leading Oklahoma to a 62-21 win against Missouri.

The Sooners are taking off this week before starting preparations for the BCS championship game against Florida in Miami on Jan. 8.

After a 90-minute operation Sunday, Bradford was discharged from the hospital and attended a team function in the evening.

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Cincinnati edges Hawaii, 29-24

Dustin Grutza threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Mardy Gilyard with 4:42 to play and the No. 13 Bearcats scored 19 consecutive points in a wild final quarter to beat Hawaii, 29-24, late Saturday night at Honolulu.

"We made plays like we did all year and found a way at the end to eke out a hard-fought victory," second-year Bearcats Coach Brian Kelly said.

Gilyard finished with seven catches for 136 yards for the Bearcats (11-2), who stretched their winning streak to six and earned their 11th victory this season, a school record.

Down by two touchdowns with less than 13 minutes left, the Big East champions scored nearly at will against the deflated Warriors (7-6).

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Orakpo wins Nagurski Award

Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo was named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded by the Charlotte Touchdown Club to the nation's top defensive player.

The other finalists were linebacker Brandon Spikes of Florida, defensive end Jerry Hughes of Texas Christian, cornerback Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest and linebacker Rey Maualuga of USC.

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