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January 1, 2010

All's well that end's well

Remember where this team was not very long ago, coming off a 41-13 loss at Texas Tech, 6-5 on the season with maybe the best Oklahoma State team in a long time on its way to Owen Field, the offensive line already a shambles and all preseason dreams dashed.

Still, strangely, it will be the most satisfying Sooner offseason of recent memory.

It is the power of winning, the power of finishing strong, the power of turning the tables and the power of success, no matter how small.

The season was not successful.

Not really.

Yet the end of it was and sometimes that makes all the difference. Indeed, sometimes it means more than that, as it might have Thursday in El Paso, where the Sooners not only overcame all the old obstacles to get past Stanford 31-27, but several new ones, too.

Somebody, already, or in the days ahead, will talk about how OU's first bowl victory since the 2005 Holiday was a microcosm of the regular season and they'll be right about everything but the microcosm part, because it wasn't so much a microcosm of the season as it was the whole darn thing.

In a microcosm, maybe one more Sooner gets hurt. But Thursday in El Paso, a whole bunch of Sooners got hurt, even three on the defensive line.

Adrian Taylor suffered a grisly broken leg, Jeremy Beal sprained an ankle and Gerald McCoy endured a hip pointer. For a bit, Frank Alexander was the last starter standing (and he was only starting because Auston English broke his foot weeks ago). In the final moments, even Landry Jones was shaken up trying to run out the clock.

But as they have all season, the Sooners kept going. Not with absolute success, but with enough. Enough to inspire the adoration of their nation and, for the first time in a long time, on the last day of the season, enough to win.

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