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A Day In The Sun: Sooners Go Bowling With The Cardinal

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 21:  Toby Gerhart #7 of the Stanford Cardinal runs with the ball during their game against the California Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Logan RogersCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2009

    The wait is over Sooner nation.

    The Brut Sun bowl has once again called Oklahoma 7-5 (5-3 Big 12) to El Paso.

    Many (including myself) believed the Sooners would end up playing a Big-10 team in the Alamo bowl, but Texas Tech looks to be headed to San Antonio.

    That's fine, the Red Raiders earned that bid.

    The Sun bowl may not be the greatest arena to find your team in come bowl season, but after a season as wacky as Oklahomas', it could be worse.

    Word around the sports community was that if the Sooners did wind up in El Paso, they would take the field against California.

    With RB Javid Best possilbly returning for a final, NFL millions on his mind performance, and a very good coach in Jeff Tedford, the match-up looked to be a lock.

    Then, the Washington Huskies Jake Locker stomped the Golden Bears flat, hanging 42 on the Ted-heads in his homefield swan song.

    Ouch.

    So that leaves just one other team, the Stanford Cardinal.

    And what a team they are.

    Stanford comes into the game ranked 19th in the country, and boasting an 8-4 record (6-3 Pac-10).

    Impressive.

    What's more impresssive is the way they win, and who they have gotten those wins against.

    The first of note would be Pac-10 champs Oregon, who fell to Stanford in an offensive explosion 51-42.

    Good thing the game was in Stanford stadium and not in Nike town.

    USC couldn't stop the Cardinal power run, even when they knew it was coming.

    Time and again senior Toby Gerhart bullied the Trojan defense down the field, rushing for 173 yards and three scores.

    After giving up 469 yards to the Cardinal offense, the humbled Trojans, on homecoming day in the Coliseum, fell 55-21.

    An alarming, and familiar number for OU fans.

    Come December 31st, the Sooner defense will have its hands full.

    Toby Gerhart, who may soon be a Heisman winner, comes in first in the nation in rushing(1736), and first in touchdowns(26), behind a bruising offensive line that can take a game over.

    One of those lineman is real familiar, junior guard Chase Beeler, who transfered from OU to Stanford in 07.

    An Oklahoma kid (perrenial power Jenks high school) who many Sooner fans feel 'got away,' was moved to Center at OU when coaches saw his S.A.T. scores.

    I guess it didn't work out. 

    The two school's have met four previous times, with OU leading 3-1.

    Both Universities share a 2-0 record in the Sun bowl.

    Oklahoma won in 1981 and 1993 and Stanford in 1977 and 1996.

    Somebody has to get their first loss at the Sun bowl.

    None of the OU seniors have ever won a bowl game, and don't want to leave without finding out how it feels.

    Stanford is a great team with great players and coaches alike, who wont want to end such a great season with a loss.

    Looks like the makings of a classic. 

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