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Sooners move into position

November 30, 2008|Associated Press

STILLWATER, OKLA — . -- Now it's up to voters and computers.

Sam Bradford threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 3 Oklahoma based its case for a BCS bump on its high-powered offense, outscoring No. 11 Oklahoma State, 61-41, Saturday night in the highest-scoring Bedlam rivalry game in the century-old series.

Needing to make up a minuscule eight-thousandths of a point to second-place Texas in the Bowl Championship Series standings to earn a spot in next week's Big 12 Conference title game, the Sooners (11-1, 7-1) relied on the Heisman-caliber arm of Bradford.

He completed 30 of 44 passes and also scored on a one-yard touchdown run, leading Oklahoma to its fourth straight 60-point game.

The Sooners' defense, which had been improving and made a statement in last week's 65-21 rout of then-No. 2 Texas Tech, had few answers for quarterback Zac Robinson and the Cowboys -- but it was enough.

Robinson threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score but never could guide Cowboys (9-3, 5-3) into the lead after halftime.

A two-section-wide swath of crimson-clad Sooners fans started chanting "B-C-S" during a timeout with 32 seconds left and the game finally in hand, and Chris Brown scored on a 28-yard run on the next play to add an exclamation point.

Whether those fans' wishes will be granted is still up in the air. The BCS standings will be released today, establishing who comes out ahead in a three-way tie among Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech in the Big 12 South standings and also who gets a leg up in the national championship race.

One team will get a trip to Kansas City, Mo., to face North champion Missouri and either bolster its case for the BCS title game or suffer a deflating defeat -- and open the door for the team that loses out in the division race to possibly play for the national title.

"There's plenty of reasons for us, as there are for other people," Coach Bob Stoops said. "Our argument's just stated here again today, what we've done here down the stretch. It will be what it'll be."

A group of Texas fans pulled out all the stops to try to keep the Longhorns in the coveted No. 2 spot, handing out thousands of signs printed with the score from their win over Oklahoma this season -- 45-35.

Longhorns Coach Mack Brown was even pleading his case in a telephone interview with television announcers while Oklahoma was making its case on the field.

"Everything we did tonight kind of says why we should be there. It's out of our hands now," Bradford said.

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