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OU Sooners can finally walk tall with BCS gorilla off their backs

After beating Connecticut 48-20 in the Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma players finally let the truth slip out about how badly their BCS lapses bothered them.
by Berry Tramel Modified: January 2, 2011 at 8:42 am •  Published: January 2, 2011

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The truth came out Saturday night in the Fiesta Bowl, when the Sooners routed Connecticut 48-20 and scattered the demons of bowl lapses past.

This BCS losing streak rankled the Sooners. Rankled them bad.

How bad? Stoic Landry Jones said his blood boiled watching replays of some of Oklahoma football's recent bowl troubles.

“It made me mad personally, just seeing those things,” Jones said.

Anger and disgust, the emotions that defined OU's two most recent trips to the desert, were nowhere to be found on this chilly Arizona night in University of Phoenix Stadium.

The wacky Boise State game? The stunning West Virginia rout? This game was nothing like those.

This Fiesta Bowl went exactly as scripted. Rarely does a football game play out as expected, but this one did.

Too much talent on the Sooner side, not enough offensive firepower on the UConn side.

The Huskies, as scrutinized as any BCS team in recent history, turned out be just what we thought they were. A gritty team. A well-coached team. A solid team.

But not a team that could keep up with Jones and his wizard offense. Not a team that could consistently dent a Sooner defense that loves one-dimensional offenses. Not a team that could make the Sooners question their ability to win on this stage.

Zip-zip-zip went Jones and his offense on OU's first drive, which consisted of nine plays and produced six first downs. Four of the plays were for double-digit yardage, and only Jones' eight-yard TD pass to tight end James Hanna came on third down.

Zip-zip-zip went Jones on OU's second drive, another nine plays, another incredibly easy thrust. The only third down was a 3rd-and-1, and DeMarco Murray's three-yard TD run made it 14-0.

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by Berry Tramel
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 Oklahoman,...
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