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November 27, 2012

Riding high from Bedlam win, Sooners still have unfinished business

NORMAN — It will be hard to forget what happened last Saturday at Owen Field. Oklahoma’s 51-48 victory over Oklahoma State unleashed an outpouring of emotion that hasn’t been seen in years.

“It’s one of those games where you almost want to cry. Because it’s Senior Night and it’s Bedlam, and you remember what happened last year. And then you win in overtime,” defensive tackle Casey Walker said. “It’s just a great feeling, especially at the house.”

It would have been a great way to end the regular season. The hard part is there’s still one very important game to go.

The 12th-ranked Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) face TCU (7-4, 4-4) at 11 a.m., Saturday at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

A win would secure a share of the Big 12 title. Perhaps, even win it outright if Texas can upset No. 7 Kansas State Saturday night in Manhattan, Kan.

The implications of an entire season worth of work rides on what happens on Saturday. But how much gas does OU have left in the emotional tank?

The Sooners admitted on Monday, they don’t know.

“It’s hard to come back and be focused and be all into a game whenever you have these emotional games, I know for sure, because it’s draining,” quarterback Landry Jones said. “It’s exhausting to play in those games and it’s hard to get back up for practice, it’s hard to forget about that game and move on to the next opponent.

“I think we’re going to have to do a good job of, yes, remembering this game but moving on to the next opponent, which is TCU — very capable team, very capable defense. They do a great job of playing together, they play extremely hard. It’s going to be a big challenge for us and for us to execute the way we want to on Saturday, it starts today in our preparation.”

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