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Modified: November 25, 2007 at 12:50 am •  Published: November 25, 2007
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Murray to miss Big 12 championship
DeMarco Murray will not play in the Big 12 Championship game, Bob Stoops announced Saturday.

Murray dislocated his kneecap trying to recover an onside kick late in the Sooners' loss at Texas Tech last week. The team leader in touchdowns sat out OU's 49-17 victory over Oklahoma State.

"We are anticipating him to have surgery sometime here next week, just to tighten up — I'm not going to get into explaining it all,” Stoops said. "It's something that generally, guys come off of it just fine. It's just going to take a little time.”

•Pass rush comeback: The Oklahoma pass rush played Comeback Kid on Saturday, holding Oklahoma State's potent zone read attack to 299 total yards.

With Big 12 sack leader Auston English sidelined for his third straight game and frustration building from allowing Texas Tech 72 pass attempts without a sack last week, the Sooner D stepped up.

Alonzo Dotson and Jeremy Beal supplied pressure on OSU quarterback Zac Robinson, while Curtis Lofton and Nic Harris provided defensive penetration up the middle.

"That's one of the keys that we need to do is pressure the quarterback, and I thought we did that pretty good tonight,” Beal said. "If we can do it here, we can do every time we go out. It definitely builds confidence for next week.”

Not only did OU log its first true sack in three weeks, it forced two fumbles in the backfield as well.

"We came up with some big plays when we had to,” Stoops said. "I thought Monday (practice) was really revved up. Guys got after it; there really wasn't any sulking going on.”

•Finley finishes strong: Like the cowboy his Texas drawl recalls, Joe Jon Finley went out with a bang.

In his final home game as a Sooner, the tight end from Arlington caught two touchdown passes. He finished the game with three catches and 38 yards.

"It's the best way to go out,” Finley said. "You want to remember your last game. I was able to make some plays for my team, but more than anything I'm happy with the way our team played after the tough loss.”

•Recruiting report: While a down-field passing attack was noticeably absent from the OU gameplan, the Owen Field bleachers were loaded with wide receiver prospects.

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