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December 8, 2013

Sooner Magic

Bell's TD pass to Saunders spoils OSU's hopes for Big 12 title

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STILLWATER — “We practiced that play in the red zone about every week,” Saunders said. “It was like second nature to us. We knew what we had to get done and we had our composure out there and did a great job of going out there and scoring a touchdown.”

The Sooners added another on the game’s final play when linebacker Eric Striker scooped up a fumble and scored. He was met by snowballs from the stands, but the Sooners didn’t seem to care.

Despite wracking up more injuries, they just rallied to beat the Cowboys in Stillwater and closed the regular season with their biggest win of the season.

“It shows a lot of toughness on the players’ part that we continued to battle back,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.

The Sooners still couldn’t win the Big 12 title. That went to Baylor, which walloped Texas Saturday, to claim the outright crown.

But due to Saturday’s win and a couple upsets throughout the Top 25, the Sooners left Stillwater in position for a BCS bowl bid.

“It’s been an up-and-down season and we’ve had a lot of guys go down,” OU defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue said. “I love these guys, every single one of them. We have character, we stay together. If we could go to a BCS Bowl game, that would be great to be a part of. For a season like this and the way it turned out, that would be nice to go to a BCS Bowl.”

Based on the way the Sooners handled the turn of events Saturday, they’ve earned it.

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