The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


November 23, 2008

OU deserves to be in No. 1 discussion

NORMAN — On ABC, Oklahoma showed it knew its BCSs.

The Sooners delivered a message in beating No. 2-ranked Texas Tech 65-21 Saturday. Oklahoma has an argument to be in the national championship game.

Now the question will be if the Sooners won impressively enough to move up in the BCS rankings, the tiebreaker if OU (No. 5), Texas (No. 3) and Tech (No. 2) are tied for the Big 12 South lead after next Saturday’s games.

The three teams now share the South lead with 6-1 records.

The Sooners still have to beat potent Oklahoma State. Texas faces Texas A&M; Thursday, while Tech faces Baylor.

The Red Raiders, who were averaging 566.30 yards, had only 170 yards in trailing 42-7 at halftime. Graham Harrell, who had been sacked only five times before Saturday, was sacked twice in the opening two periods.

Enid’s Austin Box did his part in establishing the Sooners dominance in the first half with four unassisted and one assisted tackle. OU was the first team this season to hold Tech scoreless in the first period.

Take a look at Box’s first half.

• On a second-and-7 from the Tech 47 on the opening series, Box tackled Red Raiders wide receiver Tramain Swindall for a 2-yard loss.

• On the second series on a first-and-10 from the 50, Box teamed with Gerald McCoy to tackle Shannon Woods for no gain. Two pass plays netted only two yards and Tech had to punt.

• Box had the tackle on a 10-yard pass play from Graham Harrell to Baron Batch on the next series.

• On Tech’s first drive of the second quarter, Box threw Batch for a 1-yard loss on a first-and-10 from the 49.

• He stopped Batch for a 5-yard gain on first-and-10 from the Tech 49 the next series. The Red Raiders would have to punt after two pass plays gained only a yard.

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