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November 4, 2003 | Chris Dufresne, Times Staff Writer
Oklahoma and USC, two of the fastest teams in the nation, are on a fast track toward a national championship showdown in New Orleans -- there's no way to sugar-coat it. The only surprise in Monday's third bowl championship series standings release was the margin by which USC vaulted from No. 4 into the critical No. 2 position. It was expected the Trojans would jump No. 2 Miami, which lost, and probably would overtake No.
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BOOKS
November 2, 2003 | Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of the forthcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
The Pony Express provides one of the enduring images of the American frontier -- the "one irreplaceable fixture of the Old West," writes journalist and novelist Christopher Corbett. Less celebrated but no less stirring are the so-called Buffalo Soldiers, the black cavalrymen who served in the Indian wars of the late 19th century.
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September 7, 2003 | Chris Dufresne, Times Staff Writer
Alabama played with heart but what Oklahoma did took, well, guts. In a game that featured several big plays from programs that have combined for 13 consensus national championships and 218 years of football experience, No. 1 Oklahoma made two plays Saturday in a 20-13 win that may resonate in lore should the Sooners advance to win the national title. Play it safe with a lead? On the road? In front of a frenzied Crimson crowd of 83,818 at Bryant-Denny Stadium?
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January 2, 2003 | Randy Harvey
First Quarter in Review RUSHING LEADERS Washington State J. Tippins...1 carry, 6 yards Oklahoma Q. Griffin...9 carries, 44 yards RECEIVING LEADERS Washington State D. Darling...1 catch, 29 yards Oklahoma W. Peoples...1 catch, 57 yards PASSING LEADERS Washington State J. Gesser...2-6, 49 yards Oklahoma N. Hybl...4-8, 83 Yards Big play: On Oklahoma's fourth play from scrimmage, running back Quentin Griffin ran 38 yards to the Washington State 31.
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January 2, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Andre Woolfolk smiled and the gleaming metal of his braces distracted attention from the bandage on his chin. It was a fitting image. The cornerback was a key part of an Oklahoma secondary that proved its mettle in the Rose Bowl after taking it on the chin in two November losses.
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January 2, 2003 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
It was only a fluke, a quirk of the convoluted BCS machinery, that put Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. The Sooners came in place of the customary Big Ten representative. They had never made the trip to Pasadena before and, as far as they knew, might never be back. So, as linebacker Teddy Lehman said, "We wanted to enjoy ourselves while we had the chance."
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January 2, 2003 | Randy Harvey
Life could be gloomier today in the Palouse. Instead of Mike Price coaching his last game for Washington State on Wednesday in the Rose Bowl, Bill Doba could have been coaching his first game for the Cougars. Imagine how Washington State fans would have felt if they had been ringing in the new coach with a 34-14 drubbing by Oklahoma. So, as it turns out, Price did the decent thing by coaching the Cougars one more time. This was his loss. The Bill Doba era begins next season without a blemish.
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January 2, 2003 | Steve Henson, Shav Glick and Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writers
Someday Quentin Griffin might regret turning down an offer to return to the Rose Bowl game with less than two minutes to play to chase an Oklahoma rushing record. This, however, was not the day. "I didn't want to go out there just to pad my stats," he said. Griffin, a senior tailback, rushed for 144 yards to finish with 1,884, eight behind the record set by Billy Sims in 1978.
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January 1, 2003 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
No team wants to come to a bowl game and lose, but the pressure for Oklahoma to defeat Washington State in the 89th Rose Bowl this afternoon could be especially heavy given the nature of the team's fans. The so-called Sooner Nation can be fervent about its football, and the players understand that. "We don't have a pro football team in Oklahoma," tight end Trent Smith said. "We have an NHL farm team but that's it. People look at us as their pro team." Norman, Okla., isn't like any NFL city.
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