NEW: Strong finish · Sooners wait until the regular season’s final game to play their best

It may have taken 12 games, but Oklahoma finally got the marquee victory it had sought all season.

Saturday’s 27-0 victory Oklahoma State felt like something that should be savored after a difficult regular season.

“It’s a good way to go out. We still have one more game, but to win this Bedlam game, definitely ends us on a high note,” wide receiver Ryan Broyles said.

The game that remains is the bowl game. The Sooners’ streak of three consecutive BCS bowl appearances is over. The Alamo Bowl or the Sun Bowl are the two most likely postseason destinations for the Sooners.

Both games had executives at Owen Field Saturday, and both expressed a desire to see OU at either El Paso, Texas Dec. 31 or San Antonio Jan. 2.

“The last time Oklahoma was even in our picture was 1999,” Alamo Bowl president Derrick Fox said Saturday. It’s a very prestigious program that has a great administration with (OU athletic director) Joe and coach (Bob) Stoops.”

The Norman Transcript
11/30/9