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Comebacks keep No. 12 Sooners in Big 12 title race

Associated Press Modified: November 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm •  Published: November 25, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Given a choice, Landry Jones would rather avoid the type of late-game heroics he's had to provide for Oklahoma on two straight Saturdays.

Even so, he's not about to trade away the experiences he's had in rallying the Sooners to back-to-back wins when they simply had to score a touchdown in the final 30 seconds to win.

"You always remember those tight games," Jones said. "You always remember the games where you come from behind and you get a victory."

The Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) won in the final moments of regulation at West Virginia, then tied the Bedlam rivalry with 4 seconds left before beating Oklahoma State 51-48 in overtime on Saturday night.

After failing to overcome a fourth-quarter deficit and win for five years, Oklahoma has done it in back-to-back games to stay right in the thick of the Big 12 championship chase.

The Sooners can win the title outright by winning at TCU on Saturday if No. 7 Kansas State loses to Texas. They'd earn a split if both teams either win or lose, although the Wildcats would claim the league's automatic BCS berth after winning in Norman in September.

"We need the ball to bounce a little bit in our direction. Yes, we will one week be rooting for Texas and hoping they pull it out," Jones said. "That would be so special to end my career with a ring and get to go play in another BCS game."

Even if K-State wins, the Sooners have a chance at an at-large BCS bid. Only two of the six SEC teams ahead of them in the standings can be picked for BCS bowls, leaving an at-large bid possibly up for grabs. But Oklahoma could see it snatched away if Kent State (17th), Boise State (20th) or Northern Illinois (21st) can get into the BCS top 16 and claim an automatic bid.

"We've got one game to play and have an opportunity to be Big 12 champions again," coach Bob Stoops said. "So we'll just see."

Nothing has been predictable lately with these Sooners, with each of their last two games coming down to fourth-down plays near the goal line. Jones threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills with 24 seconds left in a wild 50-49 win at West Virginia. He then directed a 17-play drive that took over 6 minutes before backup Blake Bell ran in for the tying 4-yard touchdown with 4 seconds left in the Bedlam game.

The Sooners trailed throughout the game but limited Oklahoma State to a field goal in overtime to give Brennan Clay a chance to win it on an 18-yard touchdown run.

"We knew what we were capable of. We don't ever really panic or anything for doubt," Clay said. "We know we can score from anywhere on the field. We just went out there and got the job done."

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