SAN ANTONIO — Missouri and Oklahoma have separate thoughts of what transpired nearly two months ago when OU dealt No. 1-ranked Missouri its only loss, 41-31.
The Tigers contend they gave the game away.
The Sooners counter they took it.
Tonight, in a rematch at the Alamodome with the Big 12 Championship on the line, that dispute will be settled, just down the street from where Mexicans and Texans hashed out their differences 171 years ago.
"As far as giving the game away, one team came out to win, one team came out and attempted to win but didn't get it done,” Sooner receiver Malcolm Kelly said. "However you look at it, we had a win, they had a loss.”
Missouri led 24-23 into the fourth quarter in Norman, but doomed itself with two late turnovers, both leading to OU touchdowns.
"We let one slip away,” said Tiger quarterback Chase Daniel, who committed both turnovers. "After we watched the film, we (saw we) gave the ballgame away in the fourth quarter. We were up 24-23, then self-destructed. We're a much more mature team now and we're ready.”
This week, that talk by the Tigers has drawn the ire of the Sooner faithful.
"Some people are wondering if we won that last game,” Stoops said. "I know with about 20 seconds to go, you know what the score is, 41-24. In the end, the game is what it is. You can't erase it. And I love it that it's certain times everyone wants to focus on. I'm all about what time it is at the end of the game.”
Missouri, however, didn't allow the setback to affect its confidence.
Since that loss, the Tigers have won every game by at least two touchdowns — save for last weekend's 36-28 victory over undefeated Kansas — to put themselves one win away from reaching the BCS national championship.