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Bradford, Sooners state their case with Sam-tastic victory

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 30, 2008 at 1:03 pm •  Published: November 30, 2008
p/> And now the ball moves from Bradford's hands to voters, who had OU barely ahead of Texas last week. If they repeat that ballot, the Sooners will be in Kansas City, because the computer rankings figure to boost Oklahoma ahead of the Longhorns this week.

“I think we have a real good chance,” said Bob Stoops. “We have finished the year pretty strong.”

Stoops' case: OU beat then-No. 2-ranked Texas Tech by 44 points a week ago and the 12th-ranked Cowboys by 20 on Saturday.

And anyone who saw the game knows the Sooners were in a street fight. The BooneDock, despite the well-publicized empty seats, rocked all night, particularly with the big plays produced by State quarterback Zac Robinson.

Bradford completed 30 of 44 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns and made a highlight-reel play with an eight-yard scramble in which he went airborne and was flipped by OSU safety Ricky Price, just to reach the 1-yard line.

But it wasn't clear until late who was the best quarterback on the field. Robinson was magnificent, with timely passes and magical scrambles. Robinson threw for 254 yards and ran for 90, and not until two late sacks did the OU defense turn back the Cowboy upset bid.

OSU never did stop Bradford. The Sooners converted 12 of 18 third downs, most on Bradford passes, and this was a Heisman Trophy-worthy performance.

By crunch time, all other meaningful football was over, which means every interested fan was watching and saw Bradford's case as America's best quarterback: 12 of 18 for 199 yards and three TDs in the second half alone.

They saw OU's case as the Big 12's best team, which frankly was better than any of the campaigning done by any side in recent days.

This is a show you don't want to see end.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080. Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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