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Sooners State Case With Big Win

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: May 20, 2013 at 08:04 PM
STILLWATER, Okla. -

Now it's up to voters and the 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 on 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.

NO. 5 USC 38, NOTRE DAME 3

LOS ANGELES - The outcome of Saturday night's Notre Dame-Southern California game was decided early. What remains in doubt is Charlie Weis' job security with the Fighting Irish.

Mark Sanchez passed for 267 yards and two touchdowns, USC's hard-hitting defense dominated Notre Dame, and the fifth-ranked Trojans rolled to a victory over the Irish and their beleaguered coach.

Notre Dame didn't get a first down until the last play of the third quarter on a 15-yard run by James Aldridge. The Irish had run 30 plays for 23 yards before Aldridge broke loose, drawing a derisive cheer from the partisan crowd of 90,689 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

NO. 7 TEXAS TECH 35,

BAYLOR 28

LUBBOCK, Texas - Graham Harrell capped a 21-point rally for Texas Tech with a touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter and the seventh-ranked Red Raiders kept their hopes for a Big 12 South title alive with victory against Baylor.

Oklahoma's win against Oklahoma State creates a three-way tie for the Big 12 South between the Sooners, Texas and Texas Tech, leaving it to today's BCS standings to determine which team will play Missouri for the conference championship. The Red Raiders have little hope of coming out on top in that scenario.

Texas Tech (11-1, 7-1) won 11 games in a season for the third time in the program's 84 years. But if things don't fall right, the Red Raiders reward could be nothing more than a Cotton Bowl bid.

KANSAS 40,

NO. 12 MISSOURI 37

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Todd Reesing threw a touchdown pass to Todd Meier with 27 seconds left to give Kansas a win over No. 12 Missouri.

The Tigers will still play for the Big 12 title, but they'll do so coming off a hard-fought loss to their border rivals.

The Jayhawks (7-5, 4-4 Big 12) led by 16 early in the third quarter, let Missouri (10-2, 6-2) back in it, then traded touchdowns with the Tigers in the fourth quarter before Reesing hit Meier.

Reesing finished 37-for-51 for 375 yards with two interceptions, throwing two touchdown passes to Meier and one each to Dezmon Briscoe and Dexton Fields.

Missouri's Chase Daniel had 391 total yards and threw for four touchdowns, but also had two interceptions, a fumble and was sacked for a safety in the second quarter. Jeremy Maclin had nine catches for 123 yards and a touchdown, and tight end Chase Coffman caught two touchdowns.

NO. 19 OREGON 65,

NO. 17 OREGON STATE 38

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jeremiah Masoli threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and Oregon all but crushed Oregon State's hopes of going to the Rose Bowl with a victory in the annual Civil War rivalry.

A win would have sent the No. 17 Beavers (8-4, 7-2 Pac-10) to Pasadena on New Year's Day for the first time since after the 1964 season.

Instead, Oregon State will have to wait to see if UCLA can upset No. 5 USC on Dec. 6. Should the Bruins win, the Beavers would share a three-way tie for the conference title, and Oregon State would have the tiebreaker for the Rose Bowl.

The No. 19 Ducks (9-3, 7-2) foiled the Beavers and their six-game overall winning streak as they avenged a Civil War loss last year at Oregon.

The loss snapped Oregon State's eight-game winning streak at Reser Stadium.

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