Sooners add to dominance of Big 12 title gameA team would have to win every Big 12 Championship game between now and 2013 to match what the Oklahoma Sooners have accomplished in this game.
The Sooners won their sixth Big 12 Conference championship, all in the last nine years, including three straight. No other conference team has won more than two. OU’s Sam Bradford became the first player in league history to quarterback a team to victory in two Big 12 title games. "I’m just happy for our program,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. "(Big 12 championships) are not easy to get. It’s not easy to get here, it’s not easy to win. Fortunately we’ve been able to do it a few times.”
Team effort to replace BoxAfter going through the regular season as OU’s unexpected defensive star, Travis Lewis added another unexpected moment. The freshman who had become one of the Sooners’ most reliable players as an outside linebacker moved to the middle linebacker spot vacated when Austin Box injured his knee last week. But it was a group effort to fill the void for the freshman who had developed into a solid starter before the injury. Junior linebacker Mike Balogun was used in some packages and senior safety Nic Harris occasionally was used in an outside linebacker role.
Tempers flare between Tigers, OULet it be clear, these teams don’t like each other. Missouri and Oklahoma have played a few big games the last three seasons, which can lead to amped-up attitudes, and that was the case Saturday night.