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No conference has come closer to ending SEC title run than the Big 12

Near misses — two red zone stops, a Colt McCoy injury and a missed field goal in Ames -- cost the Big 12 chances to end the SEC's dominance.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: August 26, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013
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Teams from the SEC have won the last seven national titles and eight of the last 10. It's a dominant run for sure. But no conference has come closer to breaking the stranglehold than the Big 12.

Here's a look at some near misses that could have changed the college football landscape:

* 2003: LSU beat Oklahoma 21-14 to win the national championship, but the Sooners had some head-scratching play calling. The Jason White-led passing offense, so prolific all season, was practically shelved in the first half. Then late in the game after running back Kejuan Jones had actually had some success, the Sooners went all pass happy. After they had driven inside the Tigers' 20-yard line with a chance to tie the game, pass plays were called on the Sooners' last 10 snaps of the game.

* 2008: The national championship game between Oklahoma and Florida was tied with 12 minutes to go, but from there on out, the Sooners managed just one first down and 21 yards while surrendering 183 yards and 10 points to the Gators. Thing is, it might not have come down to those last minutes had OU been able to convert in the red zone. Twice in the second quarter, the Sam Bradford-led offense was inside the Gators' 10-yard line and scored zero points. The first failed drive got all the way to the 1, and on back-to-back plays, Chris Brown was stuffed by a backup defensive tackle.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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