OU merits mention in discussion of college football's best

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm •  Published: November 23, 2008
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photo - OU's Chris Brown scores during the first half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech University at the Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, in Norman, Okla.   BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Chris Brown scores during the first half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech University at the Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, in Norman, Okla. BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

> Tech had 14 possessions and scored three times, including a touchdown with 11 seconds left in the game.

OU's offense — led not just by quarterback Sam Bradford's Heisman-worthy performance but by fast and physical tailback DeMarco Murray — scored on five straight possessions in the second quarter, and suddenly this game took on the look of those vintage Stoops teams of several years ago.

The teams that routed Texas 63-14 in 2000 and 65-13 in 2003. The team that whipped Tech 60-15 in a 2002 Big 12 South title showdown. A score of 65-21 fits in nicely with those routs and suggests that Oklahoma deserves mention in the discussion of America's best.

“I don't know what other style points you're looking for,” Stoops said.

He took the time to politick a little, since if next weekend OU beat Oklahoma State, Texas beats Texas A&M and Tech beats Baylor, that messy three-way tie is reality.

“Obviously, now we're in the mix with everybody,” Stoops said. “With the way we played, you would think we're ahead.”

Who can argue, after the most impressive Oklahoma victory in at least five years and a special night at Owen Field, where the jacked-up Sooners and 80something thousand of their closest friends jumped for joy?

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.

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by Berry Tramel
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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...
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