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NCAA 09's simulated season crowns Sooners national champ

By Ryan Aber and Jake Trotter Modified: July 16, 2008 at 5:08 pm •  Published: July 16, 2008
If video games are any indication, Oklahoma is in for a special season.

EA Sports' NCAA Football '09 hit stores Tuesday, and The Oklahoman simulated seasons for both OU and Oklahoma State on PlayStation 2.

The Sooners posted a remarkable season, going 14-0 and defeating Clemson 52-24 in the BCS national championship after leading 38-0 at halftime.

Running back DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 1,398 yards and accounted for 21 touchdowns, finished third in Heisman Trophy voting, behind Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper and Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell.

Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford evaded a sophomore slump and tossed 48 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions as the offense scored more than 50 points six times.

The Cowboys, however, weren't quite as successful.

OSU started the year 3-1, but a season-ending injury to quarterback Zac Robinson in Week 5 sent the Pokes in a tailspin.

The Cowboys finished the year 4-8, with the only win in the Big 12 coming against Colorado (It should be noted that OU defeated LSU 31-9 for the national title in OSU's simulated season as well).

So how accurate is NCAA Football '09?

Not completely.

There are some incongruities. First, starting defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is listed as a backup behind Cory Bennett. If anything, McCoy is a candidate for All-Big 12. Also, Auston English is black on the game, while Phil Loadholt is white. Former linebacker Mike Reed is still listed with the team, too.

On OSU, Keith Toston is the starting tailback, with Beau Johnson No. 2 and Kendall Hunter sitting the bench. If anything, Hunter will probably start, with Johnson and Toston vying to be his backup. Despite receiving a 92 rating, tight end Brandon Pettigrew strangely wasn't one of OSU's "impact players,” which signifies a team's top playmaker.

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