November 26, 2006

Sooners clinch berth in Big 12 title game

STILLWATER, Okla. - Bob Stoops was playing basketball with his children when he was called inside to watch Texas A&M's victory over Texas play out on Friday afternoon. Rufus Alexander was already in front of his television with family members when Stephen McGee raced into the endzone giving the Aggies a 12-7 lead over the Longhorns.

The victory sent an immediate burst of energy through the Sooner nation. And all the speculation about the Sooners' possible BCS chances fell by the wayside. The Sooners now controlled their own destiny as they prepared for Bedlam.

On the way to Stillwater, even with OU in control of their own fate, Stoops had a message for his team as they boarded their bus which would carry them into enemy territory.

"Now you have the opportunity in front of you and the door is open, but we're not in it yet," said Stoops. "We've got to do our job so don't start thinking about that game or what the opportunities are. Keep our focus on what we have to do to win this football game.'

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