NORMAN — From outside the Red Room came the roar. It came from down the hallway, from Sooner gladiators gathered around an equipment room, after their 62-28 dismantling of Nebraska. Either from down the hallway or all the way from delirious fans in Lubbock, Texas. “We know who just scored,” Bob Stoops said. Yep. His old pal Mike Leach. Texas Tech’s stunning defeat of top-ranked Texas, earned with a last-play touchdown just as Stoops’ post-game press conference ended Saturday night, restored hardware hope to the Sooners, not to mention Cowboys and the Red Raiders themselves. The Big 12 South race is not over. Not over by a longshot. “It gives you life,” Stoops admitted, still a little shocked at the news that Tech’s Graham Harrell hit Michael Crabtree with a 28-yard TD pass with one second left. “No kidding?” Stoops said when told the news. “How about that?” Welcome to the wild, wild Big 12 South. This is like one of those grand old baseball pennant races, where a team wins early, then retreats to the locker room and listens on the Philco, hoping for good news. Good news arrived after OU took care of business, routing Nebraska with a first-quarter flurry: 28 points the first 5 1/2 minutes and a 35-0 lead after one quarter. “We should have never lost to Texas,” said OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. “But since we did, that helps us out a lot. Lets us know we’re back in control of our own destiny.” The particulars are confusing. But here’s a quick primer, for both OU and OSU. If either beats Tech — OSU next Saturday in Lubbock, OU on Nov. 22 at Owen Field — it likely will win the South with a Bedlam victory on Nov. 29. “Obviously, it’s a good feeling to know we still have a chance,” said OU quarterback Sam Bradford, who was his usual chilling self: 19 of 27 passing for 311 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. If the Sooners play like this — move the ball at will, steal the Halloween candy from the opponent (four Nebraska turnovers, nine takeaways the last two games) — they will find themselves in Kansas City in December, with a chance at the Big Bowl. OU keeps producing ridiculous point totals: 55 first-half points against Kansas State last week, 49 against Nebraska. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that,” Bradford said. He threw 27 passes and not only didn’t get sacked, he barely got touched. “There are times, we just get in a rhythm,” Sammy B. said, “and I feel we have a very good chance of scoring when we touch the ball. Kind of like a snowball effect.” This game was over so early that fans took to following the Tech-Texas game. Which explains boisterous cheers at strange times. And then came the last cheer, after the crowd of 85,212 had dispersed. The pennant race is on. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080. Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.