KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the slightest moments, for just a fraction of time, this game felt a little like 2003. DeMarco Murray got hurt on the opening kickoff. Bob Stoops played it a little safe on the opening drive and settled for a field goal. The Schooner got stuck on the Arrowhead Stadium turf. Missouri seemed to be putting up a fight. And somewhere deep in the heart of Texas, Mack Brown and the Longhorns had to allow themselves to think that these irresistible Sooners could be felled, just as the indestructible Sooners of '03 were cold-cocked by Kansas State in KC. But the Longhorns would not get the last laugh on this cold Missouri night. Soon enough, here came the Oklahoma avalanche we've come to expect in this video-game season of 2008. Touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, field goal, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown. 62-21. Another Sooner rout. Another 60-point performance, five in a row. Another Big 12 championship, three in a row. And, after a four-year wait, another shot at a national title. Florida, here come the Sooners. This game surely removed all suspense from tonight's BCS announcement. It's Oklahoma-Florida for all the marbles hard by the sunny sand of South Beach. “Hopefully, the people that watch this game tonight, we made an impression on them,” said linebacker Travis Lewis. The Sooners suffered through an anxious Sunday a week ago, waiting to hear if they would win the BCS lottery to break the three-way tie in the Big 12 South. The anxiety should be gone today. College football's voters and computer programmers will give the sport the game it most longs to see: Oklahoma-Florida, two teams that stumbled a bit two months ago but have been thrashing even the best of foes ever since. “That's a pretty convincing win in a championship game, when you have to have it against another ranked team,” Stoops said. If “that doesn't make a statement, then you don't want it to.” This was a thorough thrashing. Missouri is not the No. 1-ranked juggernaut it was a year ago, when the Sooners beat the Tigers for the Big 12 title game. But to maul a fellow division winner like this? “They're one of the best football teams I've seen,” said Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel, and he wasn't talking just about 2008. Look at it this way. LSU won the national championship a year ago, and in the SEC title game played a pretty good Tennessee team that had a disappointing season and was 9-3. LSU won 21-14. These Sooners played the same kind of team; same record. And Missouri got beat by 41. The Sooners seem to be on a mission, and the flap of the last two weeks has fueled that fire. “There was a lot of talk this week about how we didn't deserve to be in this game,” said quarterback Sam Bradford. “We didn't get a lot of credit for what we had done this year. So I think there was a lot of motivation for us to come out and play well tonight and prove to everyone in the country that we belonged in this game.” Not just this game, but the next one, too. The Sooners will be there, Jan. 8 against Florida for the national championship. After this performance, there can be no other result. 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.