Top 25: No. 3 Oklahoma 61, No. 11 Oklahoma State 41
STILLWATER, Okla. ó Now it’s up to voters and computers.
Sam Bradford threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 3 Oklahoma based its case for a BCS bump on its high-powered offense, outscoring No. 11 Oklahoma State 61-41 Saturday night in the highest-scoring Bedlam rivalry game in the century-old series.
Needing to make up a minuscule eight-thousandths of a point to second-place Texas in the Bowl Championship Series standings to earn a spot in next week’s Big 12 championship game, the Sooners (11-1, 7-1) relied on the Heisman-caliber arm of Bradford.
He completed 30 of 44 passes and also scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, leading Oklahoma to its fourth straight 60-point game.
The Sooners’ defense, which had been improving and made a statement in last week’s 65-21 rout of then-No. 2 Texas Tech had few answers for quarterback Zac Robinson and the Cowboys ó but it was enough.
Robinson threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score, but never could guide Cowboys (9-3, 5-3) into the lead after halftime.
A two-section wide swath of crimson-clad Sooners fans started chanting “B-C-S” during a timeout with 32 seconds left and the game finally in hand, and Chris Brown scored on a 28-yard run on the next play to add an exclamation point.
Oklahoma State was able to match Oklahoma strike-for-strike as both teams scored on six straight possessions beginning at the start of the second quarter, but eventually the nation’s highest-scoring offense was just too much.
And the biggest of the bounces went the Sooners’ way, too. Tight end Jermaine Gresham scored a 73-yard touchdown on a third-down pass that was intended for Manuel Johnson and deflected into the air over three Cowboys defenders and into his arms 10 yards downfield. He was able to outrun the rest of the defenders the final 50 yards to put Oklahoma up 30-19.
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