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Then in the final quarter, an interception of LSU quarterback Matt Mauck by Oklahoma junior corner Antonio Perkins nearly resurrected the moribund Sooners. Perkins returned the ball to the LSU 35, setting up the Sooners with a short field and allowing them to cut the score to 21-14 early in the fourth quarter.

Last nights BCS behemoth capped a controversial bowl season which saw a USC team ranked No.1 in both polls snubbed by the formula which determined the Sugar Bowl matchup. And while most of the 62 coaches who comprise one of those polls are likely to follow BCS protocol and cast their lot with LSU, the Trojans (12-1) held their spot in the AP Poll released early this morning to earn a share of their first national title since 1979.

So until college football gets a playoff knockout, well have to live with the occasional split decision.