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Whole new bowl game for Sooners
OU tries to buck recent trend of January losses

By Jake Trotter Modified: December 4, 2007 at 1:03 am •  Published: December 4, 2007
NORMAN — Last Saturday, Oklahoma continued its domination of the Big 12, winning its fifth conference football title under Bob Stoops.

On Jan. 2, against West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl, the Sooners will have an opportunity to reverse a recent trend of contrary distinction — losing in bowl games.

Over the years, OU has been one of college football's best bowl teams, carrying a 24-15-1 record all-time.

But in the last four years, OU has just one bowl victory — 17-14 over Oregon in the 2005 Holiday Bowl (Pending an appeal, the NCAA could vacate that win due to sanctions).

Two of those losses came with the BCS national championship on the line.

In the 2003 season, Sugar Bowl against LSU, Heisman Trophy winner Jason White had arguably the worst game of his career.

White completed just 13 of 37 passes for 106 yards with two interceptions and was sacked five times.

The high-powered Sooner offense entered the Sugar scoring more than 45 points a game but managed just 154 yards of offense against the Tigers. LSU defeated OU 21-14 to win the national championship.

The Sooners, however, returned to the national title game a year later to meet top-ranked Southern California at the Orange Bowl in a battle of unbeatens.

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