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Oklahoma holds off Oklahoma State to win Big 12 South

Nov 25, 2006 - 10:57 PM STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- Texas gave Oklahoma an opportunity to win the Big 12 Conference South Division title. Bob Stoops' Sooners did just enough to take advantage.

Allen Patrick ran for 163 yards and a touchdown and the 13th-ranked Sooners held on for a 27-21 victory over Oklahoma State to clinch a berth in the Big 12 title game.

The Sooners (10-2, 7-1 Big 12 South), who won their seventh straight game, will face No. 23 Nebraska in Kansas City next week for the Big 12 title and an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game. Oklahoma got the chance to win the division when rival Texas lost its second straight game with a home setback to Texas A&M on Friday.

"It was a great atmosphere, and fortunately we made enough plays and won the football game," Stoops said. "We have fought all year and now we have an opportunity to go to the (Big 12) championship game. Our attitude is not enough just to go to the game, but we have to win the game. We are excited about the opportunity and look forward to it."

Oklahoma State trailed, 27-14, in the annual "Bedlam Series" matchup before Bobby Reid tossed a two-yard touchdown to D'Juan Woods on 4th-and-goal with 6:42 remaining.

The Cowboys forced a three-and-out but were unable to pick up a first down of their own. However, they again stopped Oklahoma after just three plays, getting the ball back at their own 37 with 1:27 left after using their timeouts.

"We had run the ball with success, and I thought we would pop something there at the end," Stoops said. "I was going to make them use their timeouts, which worked to our advantage at the end. It is a gamble there at the end, and we could have thrown it. I have total confidence in (quarterback Paul Thompson), but it just gets down to a strategy of making them use their timeouts and handicap them that way."

Backup signal-caller Zac Robinson, a redshirt freshman, drove the Cowboys to the Oklahoma 25 but his pass to Woods in the back of the end zone fell incomplete on the final play, sealing their fourth straight defeat to the Sooners.

"That was a heck of a college football game," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. "It was a lot of fun. That was about as fun a game as I have ever been involved in as a player or a coach. It was really a great day for football.

"I am really proud of our football team. We played very hard and played with a lot of heart. Our guys came back when they were behind. They fought back when those big emotional swings went towards the Sooners."

Robinson completed 8-of-17 passes for a season-high 149 yards and Reid went 8-of-12 for 82 yards for Oklahoma State (6-6, 3-5 South).

"That is just a game plan that we had going in - mixing up personnel and trying to offset what they do on defense," Gundy said.

Thompson was 7-of-11 for 77 yards for the Sooners.

Patrick gave the Sooners a 20-7 lead with a 65-yard touchdown scamper just 39 seconds into the second half.

Reid pulled the hosts within six points with a one-yard TD run with 9:38 left in the quarter, but Chris Brown countered with a one-yard rush of his own for a 27-14 lead with 3:51 to go in the period.

Robinson was inches away from a touchdown on an option keeper less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, but he fumbled the ball into the end zone following a hit by Zach Lattimer. Fellow linebacker Demarrio Pleasant fell on the ball for a touchdown, keeping the Sooner advantage at 13 points.

"I think we deserve to go to a bowl game," Robinson said. "We have proved when we play our style of football we can play with anybody. Unfortunately, we came up short against (Oklahoma)."

Oklahoma State's Dantrell Savage began the scoring with a five-yard run, capping a 12-play, 79-yard opening drive. Brown countered with a three-yard run that ended a 13-play 80-yard drive on Oklahoma's opening possession.

The Sooners took the lead for good, 13-7, on a 13-yard pass from Thompson to Juaquin Iglesias with 1:08 left before halftime, but Garrett Hartley could not convert the extra point.

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