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November 26, 2012

Sooners move up in BCS

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s victory over Oklahoma State did allow it to climb in the latest BCS standings on Sunday.

The Sooners moved up two spots to No. 11 with one regular-season game to go. They also moved up two spots to No. 11 in the USA Today coaches poll and two spots to No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25.

With only this Saturday’s game with TCU remaining, the Sooners are ranked high enough to receive an at-large bid to a BCS bowl game.

Turning to the run: OU threw for 512 yards on Saturday, but it was two running plays that produced the Sooners’ game-winning touchdown drive in overtime. Fullback Trey Millard ran up the middle for 7 yards. Running back Brennan Clay followed it up with an 18-yard touchdown run.

“I felt like we wanted to stick one in there as a run/pass option. I felt like the numbers were right to stick one in there and keep us ahead of the chains to stay out of third and long situations,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “Trey’s done a good job, besides the fumble, of sticking it and having some five-, six-, seven-yard runs off of that scheme and then you’re in a situation where you’re ahead of the chains and you’ve got to stick another one in there.”

The 25 rushing yards in overtime accounted for 23.5 percent of the Sooners 106-yard rushing total.

On timeout to burn: OU sent the game to overtime on Blake Bell’s 4-yard touchdown run with four seconds left. It was a fourth-down play, but OU only needed one yard for a first down.

“I’d already told the official that if he makes the first down, which I anticipated he would, if he’s not in the end zone stop it immediately using my last time out,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “So we would have had another play.”

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