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No. 9 Oklahoma runs past No. 10 Oklahoma State, hands Bob Stoops his 10th Big 12 title

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Bob Stoops won’t be adding to his playoff resume this season, but yet another notch to his conference pedigree will be added.

Through the first two quarters of rain-drenched play, No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 9 Oklahoma State slogged their way to a dead-even tie in the 111th Bedlam matchup.  The second half was another matter entirely, however, as the Sooners literally ran past the Cowboy en route to a 38-20 Bedlam win in Norman.

In the first half, OU was held to just 40 yards on 19 carries.  They had 76 yards on the ground on their first drive of the second half as the Sooners pounded out a whopping 301 yards rushing the last two quarters, no doubt in part compensating for the loss of All-American wide receiver Dede Westbrook to a head injury in the first half.

Samaje Perine led all rushers with 239 yards on 37 carries.  It was a backfield stablemate, however, that delivered the backbreaker.

Trailing 31-20 early in the fourth quarter, OSU drove down inside the OU 25-yard line and had the opportunity to make it a one-score game with a field goal.  Senior Ben Grogan, though, missed from 38 yards out; on the very next play from scrimmage, Joe Mixon ripped of a 79-yard touchdown run that essentially sealed the win.

It was the longest run of his career for Mixon, who finished with 99 yards on the ground.

Baker Mayfield did work through the air, too, as the quarterback passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns.

With the win, OU staked is claim to an undisputed Big 12 title and finished unbeaten in conference play for the first time since 2004.  This is Stoops’ 10th career conference championship since coming to the Sooners in 1999; no other program has more than two titles since Stoops set up shop in Norman.

Stoops moved to within four of tying Bud Wilkinson‘s career record of 14 Big 8 championships. He needs three more to tie Nebraska’s Tom Osborne‘s 13 Big 8/12 titles, and two more to tie the dozen of another Sooner coaching legend, Barry Switzer.

The win also means that Oklahoma will play in the Sugar Bowl Jan. 2.  OU will, more than likely, face Florida in the game.  OSU, meanwhile, will probably meet Colorado at the Alamo Bowl.

No. 9 OU starts fast, holds off No. 14 West Virginia in Big 12 showdown

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No. 9 Oklahoma raced to a massive lead and held off a late surge from No. 14 West Virginia to secure a 56-28 win in a snowy Morgantown on Saturday night.

The first 40 minutes of the contest was a story of how Oklahoma could do nothing wrong and West Virginia couldn’t get out of its own way. It started when West Virginia muffed a punt after OU’s first possession, which the Sooners immediately turned into a touchdown. That theme continued, as West Virginia twice coughed up the ball inside the Sooners’ 5-yard line and committed a number of personal fouls, which, coupled with big plays from Oklahoma’s 4-headed monster of Baker MayfieldSamaje PerineJoe Mixon and Dede Westbrook, aided the Sooners to a 34-7 halftime lead.

West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard compounded the misery when he tossed an 80-yard pick six to OU linebacker Jordan Evans, pushing the lead to 41-7 at the 13:09 mark of the third quarter.

Hidden inside that 34-point deficit, though, was that West Virginia moved the ball well in between turnovers. Once Evans left the game with an injury and WVU stopped shooting itself with both feet, the Mountaineers mounted scoring drives of 63, 79 and 85 yards to turn a 41-7 laugher into a 41-28 shootout with 10:07 still remaining.

But Oklahoma, which had done absolutely nothing offensively in the second half, put together one last drive, moving 65 yards in 11 plays, capped by a 1-yard Mayfield run and a 2-point pass to tight end Mark Andrews to push the lead to 49-28 with 4:37 to play.

Mayfield finished the night completing 9-of-15 passes for 169 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while adding two scores on the ground. Perine and Mixon combined to carry 55 times for 307 yards and three touchdowns, and Westbrook caught two passes for 100 yards and a score.

For its part, West Virginia nearly matched OU yard-for-yard. Howard hit 12-of-26 throws for 191 yards with two scores and a pick-six while rushing 12 times for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Justin Crawford poured in a monster night with 24 carries for 331 yards.

The win pushes Oklahoma (9-2, 8-0 Big 12) into a winner-take-all Bedlam game with No. 11 Oklahoma State on Dec. 3, while West Virginia (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) has been eliminated from Big 12 contention but can still record just the sixth 11-win season in program history.

 

Oklahoma blowing out West Virginia in snowy Morgantown

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Oklahoma has jumped out over West Virginia and not let up. The Sooners lead the ‘Eers 34-7 at the half in Morgantown.

The Sooners scored touchdowns on five of their seven first half possessions and on one of the two they didn’t — the opening possession of the game — they forced a fumble on West Virginia’s punt return and turned that into a touchdown. It’s been a monster night for OU’s stars: quarterback Baker Mayfield, running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, and wide receiver Dede Westbrook.

Perine has carried 22 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Mixon has added 14 rushes for 116 yards and a score. Mayfield has only thrown seven times, but turned those limited passes into four completions for 116 yards and two scores. Westbrook has once again been Mayfield’s top target, hauling in two receptions for 100 yards and a score.

While Oklahoma has done everything right, West Virginia has done everything wrong.

The Mountaineers have turned the ball over three times and committed six penalties for 80 yards — including 30 yards of personal fouls on the same play. They’ve coughed the ball up twice inside the OU 5-yard line, and watched Oklahoma turn each fumble into long touchdown drives.

Their only score came with OU owning a 34-0 lead, a 20-yard pass from Skyler Howard to Jovon Durant with 1:13 to play before the half.

West Virginia will receive to open the second half.

Baylor loses Seth Russell as No. 11 Oklahoma remains unbeaten in Big 12

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Anything that could have gone wrong for Baylor (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) on Saturday appeared to go wrong against No. 11 Oklahoma (8-2, 7-0 Big 12). Baylor running back Terrance Williams was knocked out of the game in the first half (he would eventually return though)and quarterback Seth Russell suffered a horrific injury to his left leg in the second half. Injuries aside, Oklahoma left little doubt which team was the best in the Big 12 with a 45-24 victory.

Joe Mixon (124 yards, 1 TD) and Samaje Perine (100 yards, 2 TDs) were dominant on the ground and Baker Mayfield thrived through the air with 300 passing yards and two touchdowns. Dede Westbrook was a big factor for the Sooners as well with two touchdown catches. On defense, linebacker Jordan Evans made some history by becoming the first Oklahoma player to record two sacks and two interceptions in the same game.

Russell left the game with a severe left leg injury. It was a pretty gruesome injury that should keep him out for the remainder of the season. I’ll just put it this way. His foot is not supposed to point that way. You know it was bad when Oklahoma defenders around him on the play were showing how in shock they were about the injury, waving for medics to come rushing out for assistance.

Defense, as you might suspect in a big 12 game, was pretty much optional. Both teams had over 500 yards of offense, but Baylor’s miscues (three turnovers) prevented them from keeping this one closer than it turned out. Two interceptions thrown by Baylor ended up leading to Oklahoma touchdowns. One of those interceptions came in the end zone, for what turned out to a be a pivotal 14-point swing.

With the win, Oklahoma remains in full control of the Big 12 race with two games still to play. The Sooners lead Oklahoma State and West Virginia by one game. It just so happens those are Oklahoma’s final two opponents, starting with next week’s game in Morgantown against West Virginia. West Virginia held on for a 24-20 road win at Texas shortly after Oklahoma wrapped up this win. Oklahoma has won eight straight games since starting the season 0-2 with losses to Houston and Ohio State.

Baylor has now lost three straight game sin Big 12 play and will hope to get back in the win column next week against Kansas State in Waco.

After pregame scuffle, Oklahoma takes 21-10 lead on Baylor

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Baylor and Oklahoma players got into a little bit of a pregame shouting match, but once the game started Oklahoma established some dominance, but Baylor is attempting to chip away. The Sooners lead the Bears 21-10 at halftime.

It is not known exactly what got the chippiness started early, but Baylor and Oklahoma had to be separated during the pregame warmups when tensions heated up early.

Oklahoma scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the game when Baker Mayfield took off for a 15-yard touchdown run. Oklahoma extended the lead to 14-0 in the first quarter when Mayfield connected for a 29-yard score to Dede Westbrook. The Sooners took a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter with a short touchdown run by Samaje Perine.

Baylor would come back in the second quarter before getting to the halftime break. A field goal was eventually followed by a Seth Russell touchdown pass to K.D. Cannon from 24 yards to cut the Baylor lead to 11 points.