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Rohde: OU's rout, Iowa's upset re-open title race

By John Rohde Modified: November 9, 2008 at 2:07 pm •  Published: November 9, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Less than a minute remained in the third quarter Saturday when administrative coordinator Matt McMillen walked up to Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops and whispered some good news.

Iowa 24, Penn State 23.

The Sooners led Texas A&M 66-21 at the time, which is the only reason McMillen dared approach Stoops with the game in progress.

“We were pretty far ahead, so he didn’t think it would distract me,” a smiling Stoops admitted after his team scored more points than any visiting team at Kyle Field in a 66-28 romp.

With Iowa’s victory, Stoops’ alma mater helped re-open the national championship race.

Bye-bye, Big Ten.

The SEC and Big 12 appear to be on a collision course for the national championship game in Miami with five teams in the mix — top-ranked Alabama, Texas Tech, Texas, OU and Florida.

Turns out Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno won’t need to figure out what the BCS is — or is it the BSC?

Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll can think the process stinks all he wants. Such things tend to happen when you lose in Corvallis, Ore.

The Iowa-Penn State score was announced at Kyle Field and was greeted with a huge roar from the 4,000 or so OU fans on hand.

If we’re to believe Stoops’ players, they’re not particularly concerned with all the buzzes around them.

Several Sooners insist they didn’t know who won the game until they were in the locker room 45 minutes later.

Those same players shrugged when asked about the result.

“No comment about it,” said OU running back Chris Brown, who had 117 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 13 carries. “It’s good, but no comment right now.”

No comment? About the BCS?

“We’re not really worried about the BCS,” Sooners freshman receiver Ryan Broyles said.

Is that allowed?

Perhaps we should all plead the Fifth about the BCS, because none of us really knows what’s going to happen.

Time will provide an answer, but it’s hard to imagine a more explosive offensive team in America right now that OU. The Sooners essentially are calling off the dogs during Stoops’ halftime speech.

In the last three outings, they’ve scored 58, 62 and 66 points while trying to hatch a football.

In the midst of everyone trying to impress BCS voters with style points, Stoops instead is killing them with kindness.

“There are still sportsmanship issues you have to handle,” Stoops said.

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