NORMAN — Oklahoma survived Texas' furious political campaign to finish ahead of the Longhorns in the BCS rankings and advance to the Big 12 Championship.
Because OU, Texas and Texas Tech all finished in a three-way tie atop Big 12 South, the tiebreaker was decided by the team ranked highest in the BCS. OU finished the regular-season ranked No. 2 in the BCS. Texas was No. 3. Even though OU finished the regular-season routing Texas Tech, 65-21, and beating Oklahoma State by 20 points in Stillwater, Texas coach Mack Brown lobbied all week that the Longhorns should be voted ahead of OU because of their head-to-head result. Texas defeated OU 45-35 on Oct. 11. Longhorn students and fans collected more than $7,000, part of which paid for a pilot to fly over Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday before the Bedlam game carrying a banner with the inscription, “Texas 45, OU 35 — settled on a neutral field.” The campaign helped sway voters in both the coaches and Harris polls. But OU was saved by the its advantage in the computer portion of the rankings. OU climbed from No. 3 to No. 1 in the computer polls this week. OU will play Big 12 North champ Missouri (9-3) in the Big 12 Championship at 7 p.m. Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased through the OU athletic department at SoonerSports.com. The OU ticket office will also be selling tickets today, beginning at 8 a.m. To order by phone, call (800) 456-GoOU or (405) 325-2424. If the Sooners defeat Missouri, they'll likely play the winner of Alabama-Florida in the BCS national championship.