NORMAN — Gerald McCoy took a victory lap around the Owen Field turf, the glass trophy given to the Bedlam winner held above his head. The University of Oklahoma defensive tackle smiled every step of the way. Beating Oklahoma State University 27-0 and derailing the Cowboys’ Bowl Championship Series bowl hopes on Saturday didn’t erase a season of disappointment, but the Sooners and their crimson-and-cream-clad faithful sure enjoyed themselves. "Life is going to throw all types of different things at you, a lot of different hurdles,” McCoy said. "But in the end, you have to find a way to bounce back, pick yourself up and keep on fighting. "We went out there and proved that today.” The Sooners not only preserved their home winning streak — the nation’s best at 30 games — but also beat the Cowboys for the seventh consecutive season. While those other losses have hurt the Cowboys, this one cut deeper. With a victory, OSU would’ve moved into a position for a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. It would’ve been the program’s first BCS bowl and first major bowl assignment since the 1945 season. "It is hard because we thought it was going to go our way this year,” Cowboy defensive back Perrish Cox said, "but we just have to focus on putting this behind us and getting our 10th win in the bowl game.” Where that will be won’t be known officially for another week, but the Cowboys’ likely destination is the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2 in Arlington, Texas. The Sooners’ bowl destination? It is likely the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas, though the Alamo Bowl and the Holiday Bowl remain possibilities. Certainly, a dominant victory Saturday makes the Sooners even more attractive to bowl selection committees. They rolled up 367 yards of offense while holding the Cowboys, No. 12 in the BCS rankings, to 109 yards. They performed like the team picked in the preseason to contend for a national championship before those dreams were derailed by injuries and deficiencies. "We had a lot to prove today,” Sooner defensive end Jeremy Beal said. "We’ve had a difficult year, and we just wanted to come out on top with a great win. We played extremely hard, and the score proved it.” Editor's note: The story originally said that OU had beaten the Cowboys for the fifth consecutive season. The Sooners have beaten OSU for the seventh consecutive season.