DALLAS — Following the Red River Shootout, black clouds crept over Dallas. But for Oklahoma fans, the sky didn't seem so dark. That's because the one-loss Sooners are back in the national title game picture.
After OU defeated Texas 28-21 at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, one of the nation's top two teams, USC, lost to Stanford in a shocking upset. What a difference one week makes. The nation's top team, LSU, escaped an upset by Florida. Now, only four undefeated teams — California, Ohio State, South Florida and Boston College — stand in front on the Sooners, teams that don't look nearly as unbeatable as USC once did. USC's loss opens up a spot in the national title game that didn't appear before. But one week at a time. In Dallas, meanwhile, OU assuaged the concerns of fans by righting the wrongs of last week's 27-24 loss to Colorado. "When everyone wanted to question our play (last week), it is very satisfying,” coach Bob Stoops said. "I'm proud of our guys, to hang in there and play like we did and made the plays in the fourth quarter that we felt we had to make to win.” After not having a pass thrown his way against the Buffs, Malcolm Kelly had his top performance of the year, catching five passes for 105 yards. Despite seeing double coverage often, the Sooners went to Kelly when they could, and in the end, it paid off as Kelly caught a game-clinching 35-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. "Last week was last week. We knew if we dwelled on that loss that we would get beat again,” Kelly said. "We just put it behind us, came out this week and had a real good week of preparation. We played the way we knew we could.” Freshman quarterback Sam Bradford displayed poise he didn't show at Colorado, leading the Sooners on a crucial 94-yard scoring drive in which he completed seven of eight passes, including the touchdown strike to Kelly.
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