The Norman Transcript


November 2, 2008

Talk about a crazy night


You have to like the Sooners’ position, even if there’s no way on Earth to determine what it might be. Or, put another way, welcome to the craziest college football season since last season.

At 10:21 p.m., Oklahoma put the wraps on their best game in five tries, whipping used-to-be conference rival Nebraska 62-28.

The Sooners scored almost half their points before the game was even 6 minutes old. They dominated. But for three cross-country Husker drives, one long after anybody cared, it was just about everything OU could want … until about a half hour later when all hell broke loose on the season.

“It gives you a lift,” said Bob Stoops, a moment after taking his post-game questioning, just as what had been happening in Lubbock, Texas, went final.

Back in the press box, with windows open, a roar could be heard as though produced by 80,000 fans inside the stadium. But there were no fans in the stadium. They were across the street, at O’Connell’s, watching on the big screen.

Handed an interception, the Longhorns gave it back. Given a chance to claim the game of the season to date, Michael Crabtree took it with the play of the season to date.

But if those judgments are clear, where it leaves the hometown team hardly is. So it gives Stoops and the Sooners lift, but where to remains anybody’s guess. Heck, where the Sooners belong is it’s own head-scratching conundrum.

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Let’s start with where OU might be.

A week or two ago, a popular scenario was thus:

Texas can win out and the Sooners can win out, too, and maybe, just maybe, that could leave the Longhorns and Sooners playing for the national title after Texas whips Missouri or Kansas at the Big 12 title game. Well, it’s time to throw that idea overboard.

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