- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 30, 2008

STILLWATER, Okla. | Now it’s up to voters and the computers.

Sam Bradford threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns as No. 3 Oklahoma based its case for a BCS bump on its high-powered offense, outscoring No. 11 Oklahoma State 61-41 Saturday night in the highest-scoring Bedlam game in the century-old rivalry.

Needing to make up a minuscule eight-thousandths of a point on 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, leading Oklahoma to its fourth straight 60-point game.

The Sooners’ defense, which had been improving and made a statement in last week’s 65-21 rout of then-No. 2 Texas Tech, had few answers for quarterback Zac Robinson and the Cowboys - but it was enough. Robinson threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score but never could guide the Cowboys (9-3, 5-3) into the lead after halftime.

Sooners fans started chanting “B-C-S” during a timeout with 32 seconds left. Chris Brown scored on a 28-yard run on the next play to add an exclamation point.

Whether those fans’ wishes will be granted is still up in the air. The BCS standings will be released Sunday, establishing who comes out ahead in a three-way tie between Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech in the Big 12 South standings and also who gets a leg up in the national championship race.

One team will get a trip to Kansas City, Mo., to face North champion Missouri and either bolster its case for the BCS title game or suffer a deflating defeat - and open the door for the teams that lose out in the division race to possibly play for the national title.

“There’s plenty of reasons for us, as there are for other people,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “Our argument’s just stated here again today: what we’ve done here down the stretch. It will be what it’ll be.”

A group of Texas fans pulled out all the stops to try to keep the Longhorns in the coveted No. 2 spot, handing out thousands of signs printed with the score from their win against Oklahoma earlier this year: 45-35.

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