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November 23, 2008

Sooners do their talking on the field

Let’s get this straight.

If Oklahoma goes up to Stillwater and takes care of business, Texas will still have a case. A good case. But a deflated case.

It will still look good on paper.

Texas beat OU, so how can OU lead the BCS charge in the Big 12 South? OU can claim Texas Tech beat Texas so how can Texas be in front of Tech? And OU beat Tech, so, you know, shouldn’t it be in front? Texas can come back with its loss being at Tech and OU’s victory being at home. Then OU can say …

The Sooners don’t have to say anything.

Not anymore.

They need not point at a scoreboard nor break out the pie charts and graphs. A demonstration is not in order.

Because everybody was watching Saturday night.

Everybody was watching the Sooners absolutely crush the Red Raiders, the second-ranked Red Raiders, the Red Raiders, who last week received 21 first-place votes from the Associated Press media voters: 65-21.

Everybody was watching Sam Bradford throw for four more touchdowns and for another 300 yards even if he only completed 14 passes, which wasn’t bad for 19 tries.

Everybody was watching the Sooners post 402 first-half yards, 625 for the night and 299 from the running game while DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown each cracked the century mark, almost by the half.

Everybody was watching while a maligned defense, led by a maligned defensive coordinator, posted the best 60 minutes this program’s seen since the coordinator’s running buddy, Mike Stoops, with his help, received most of the credit the last time OU played a huge defensive game in a huge setup, Jan 3, 2001, in Miami. Everybody was watching as Brent Venables answered the critics in a big, big way.

Some were watching when Bradford sat down with the ESPN Game Day crew about 3 minutes after it ended and answered the question everybody’s asking.

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