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by Berry Tramel Modified: September 14, 2008 at 12:08 pm •  Published: September 14, 2008
SEATTLE — They say you can see Mount Rainier, some 100 miles away, on only 60 days per year. But Saturday, and ever since the Oklahoma Sooners and their fans staged an impressive crimson invasion, such a view was possible.

Then the football game brought even more clarity. The Sooners took apart Washington 55-14, and this much we know. The two best college football teams so far are the Stoops Troops and that team on the other end of the Left Coast, Southern Cal.

No other assumption is possible after a thrashing that ends all that road-woes talk in Soonerville. The '07 Sooners stunk in enemy territory, but the '08 Sooners were as pristine as the view of Lake Washington.

This was the most scenic game in OU history, with the tailgating boats and the island hills and the Washington fir trees, all visible from ancient Husky Stadium.

This is the most idyllic setting in college football. And the Sooners played a game to match.

“I felt great about the attitude we carried onto the field,” Bob Stoops said. “Our players really took the field in a strong way.”

OU's defense pitched a shutout until it didn't matter, leading 41-0 midway through the third quarter.

OU's offense ran like Sooner teams of old. DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown each threatened the 100-yard mark in the first half, each got there in the second half and OU tailbacks combined to rush for 273 yards.

Then Sam Bradford's big-play passing poured kerosene on the inferno.

OU actually punted twice in the first quarter, then scored on seven straight possessions. Bradford was the key. He showed no signs of the road jitters that plagued him last season as a freshman, when he was awful at Colorado, ineffective at Iowa State and injured early at Texas Tech.

In those games combined, Bradford threw more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (one). In non-road games, Bradford threw 35 TDs and just five picks.

That had to change to justify any Heisman talk for Bradford and national championship chatter for his team.

And change it did. View the OU-Washington slideshow

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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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