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November 18, 2012

Good thing stolen wins still count

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NORMAN —

In all, West Virginia ran for 458 yards and threw for 320. Almost half a mile.

In the fourth quarter, including its last drive, that included two incompletions, West Virginia snapped the ball 14 times and picked up 279 yards. That’s 19.9 yards a snap.

If OU’s goal down the stretch was to keep the Mountaineers under 20 yards a pop, it pulled it off. But it sure as heck wasn’t winning football.

A week ago Bob Stoops said he loved the yards Baylor picked up on the ground, because it was part of a plan to keep the Bears’ passing game in check.

Stoops has to love winning, but he can’t possibly feel the same way again a week later.

Morgantown’s craziness was right in line with a baffling day of college football.

The Sooners may have continued their lip service to a possible conference crown, but nobody really believed it. Well, don’t look now, but it could happen. OU has lost only to Kansas State and the Wildcats must beat Texas coming up, assuming the Sooners take Bedlam, to keep OU from winning it itself.

But is OU even the Bedlam favorite? It has only lost at home this season and the game is in Norman, and correct me if Oklahoma State isn’t playing like the best team in the conference after whipping Texas Tech on Saturday.

That’s just the Big 12. Nationally, should Notre Dame lose to Southern Cal (and the way things are going, why wouldn’t the Irish lose? Everybody else has), we might just be stuck with another all-SEC national championship game.

College football is insane.

UCLA beat USC and Stanford beat Oregon and Baylor beat Kansas State, and OU should have been upset, too.

But it wasn’t.

Maybe the Sooners weren’t supposed to and maybe they didn’t deserve to, but they bucked Saturday’s trend by winning.

What a day.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

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