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December 2, 2012

Regardless of their method, Sooner victories well-earned

FORT WORTH — Pick your poison. Was Saturday afternoon at Amon Carter Stadium about just that: Saturday afternoon?

Or was it about a regular season? A regular season that began so suspiciously, that was never really dominant (though OU looked something like that in Lubbock, the Cotton Bowl and at home against Kansas), but that nevertheless closed with eight straight conference victories. Enough for another Big 12 championship, as long as you’re down with the league rules and don’t mind sharing.

Because the Sooners weren’t that good Saturday afternoon. And still, what they’ve put together is really kind of remarkable.

Where offense had bailed them out against Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State, defense rose up, at least when it counted most, to deliver a 24-17 victory over TCU that wasn’t in the books until Julian Wilson broke up a pass intended for Josh Boyce. In the end zone and on fourth down, too, kind of like Derrick Strait at Bedlam so many years ago..

“That’s how we’ve been doing things,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Making things exciting.”

You can debate the worthiness of the murky Big 12 championship the Sooners won.

As Landry Jones said afterward, it’s not the same as winning a championship game. And as Bob Stoops refused to say, you can make a real good case it should only belong to Kansas State, the way the Fiesta Bowl bid only belongs to the Wildcats.

But what you can’t doubt is the accomplishment.

Offensive tackle Lane Johnson was asked when it was over if running the conference table the way OU ran the conference table seemed doable after stumbling to K-State. He answered it in an interesting way, literally ticking through each game before realizing what he was doing.

“We took it one game at a time,” he said. “It’s not how you start, but how you finish.”

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