Oklahoma Sooners Football

Okalahoma Sooners Exorcise Close Game Demon, 31-27

Sooners ExaminerContributor IJanuary 1, 2010

Perennially wounded and facing both a strong team and a string of bad officiating calls, the Oklahoma Sooners isolated the exorcism gene today in the Sun Bowl, and, for now, radiated the hell out of it.

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Sooner Nation had begun to wonder if a victory in a close game wasn't some myth created by the school administration to appease a highly vocal alumni and fan base incessantly clamoring for OU's return to greatness.  If not greatness, a tight victory would have to suffice here at the end of an agonizing season.

The Sooners provided the oath, holding onto a shaky lead for a 31-27 expulsion against No. 19 Stanford in the 76th Sun Bowl.

At several points in the gamehurtful penalties, bad officiating calls and non-calls, injuries to key players, a Cardinal team that wouldn't go away—the minds of Sooner Nation fans surely began to fabricate for themselves a rather ugly drama of another close setback. 

But not this game. Not from this outgoing group of seniors and future NFL juniors whose visions, set on a national championship, ended on the mountains surrounding the El Paso stadium.


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