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November 23, 2008

Big game blowout

Owen Field was overfilled Saturday night. Most expected to see a game they’d never seen before. No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 2 Texas Tech were two of the highest-scoring teams in college football. Some thought 100 points might be possible.

Might have been if the Sooners had a few more plays. They were the ones firing on all cylinders in a 65-21 romp over the Red Raiders.

The game was one of the most highly anticipated of the season. Not only did it have major implications in the Big 12 south and national championship races, OU quarterback Sam Bradford and Texas Tech signal caller Graham Harrell were posed against each other in the Heisman Trophy pageant.

There wasn’t anything the Sooners didn’t beat the Red Raiders in. The performance was the most dominant the Sooners have put forth this season and it came at the absolute perfect time.

Texas Tech (10-1, 6-1 Big 12) controlled its own destiny for just about everything before the game started. A win would have wrapped up the Big 12 south and secured a berth against Missouri in the Big 12 championship game Dec. 6 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Harrell would have been a shoe-in for the Heisman Trophy.

Now the south division is a three-way tie with the Red Raiders, Sooners and Longhorns all equal at 6-1 in the league with identical records against south opponents. Assuming they all win out (Texas hosts Texas A&M; Thursday, the Red Raiders host Baylor next Saturday and the Sooners wrap up their season with Bedlam in Stillwater) the representative will be whichever is ranked higher in the BCS rankings.

Hard to believe the Sooners didn’t amass a boatload of style points in their destruction of the Red Raiders. Beating the second-ranked team in late November is always impressive. Absolutely demolishing them reaches a whole new level.

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