It was a big week for the two Oklahoma powerhouse football teams. OSU played at home in Stillwater against OU in an annual game they refer to as "Bedlam." The teams have been playing since 1904. OU holds a big lead in the series, with 82 wins to OSU's 16, with 7 ties. Wikipedia reports a story from the 1954 game where mobsters threatened and paid off a cook to slip laxatives into a soup eaten by many OU starting players, causing them to fall violently ill in the days leading up to the game. OU was victorious in the end, but their 14-0 win did not cover the 20-point spread they had in their favor. True story? Hard to say but it adds to the legend.
Saturday's game was huge, since OSU came in ranked no. 10 in the BCS standing, with OU close behind at no. 14. At stake was an opportunity to play for the Big 12 championship and a better bowl bid. The game lived up to the hype. OU prevailed 47-41 in a thriller, which included a fourth quarter when both teams scored two touchdowns apiece in a 92-second stretch. OU quarterback Landry Jones passed for 468 yards and four touchdowns, including touchdown passes of 86 and 76 yards just 29 seconds apart in the fourth quarter. With the win, OU moved up to BCS No. 9, while OSU dropped to BCS No. 14. OU will play BCS No. 13 Nebraska for the Big 12 championship on December 4 in Arlington, Texas. OSU will await the bowl selection process.
In a defensive struggle (cough, cough), Tulsa eked out a 56-50 victory over Southern Miss (no, I did not get the football score mixed up with the basketball score). The teams combined for 1,197 total offensive yards. Unfortunately for Tulsa, its playoff hopes required not just a victory over Southern Miss but also a loss by SMU. SMU refused to cooperate, defeating East Carolina and advancing to the C-USA championship. Tulsa's football season is over.
Since the last sports report, the Thunder won three games and lost two, falling a game and a half behind the Utah Jazz in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference. Last Monday, they beat Minnesota 117-107, followed by a 111-103 loss to Dallas two days later. They then defeated Indiana 110-106 on the road before being edged in Houston 99-98. Returning home, the Thunder defeated New Orleans last night, 95-89. Thunder forward Kevin Durant still leads the NBA in scoring, averaging 27.3 points per game, a slight drop from his previous average of 28.0. Guard Russell Westbrook is having a very good year statistically, ranking high in league standings in assists (7th), double-doubles (6th), efficiency (5th), points/rebounds/assists (2nd), scoring (7th), steals (8th), and (sadly) turnovers (4th).