Big 12 Bullies

NORMAN, Okla. — Much was made of last weekend's Big 12 Championship being the last meeting between the Sooners and Cornhuskers for at least a few years, and OU got the last laugh in what has been a historic rivalry for years and years.

But OU also stole the show in another last: They won the final Big 12 Championship for at least a couple years and perhaps ever.

And why shouldn't the Sooners have been the team to cap off the last conference title game with a victory?

After all, OU has emerged victorious in seven of the 15 championship contests with a ridiculous 7-1 record in eight appearances.

"It's pretty special to have the last championship," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "And to add to the number we already have is really pretty special for sure. Again, these players deserve the credit for it."

Indeed, they do.

After dropping road contests against Missouri and Texas A&M, most experts around the Big 12 had all but written off the Sooners as the South representative in the conference championship game.

But internally, they didn't let that doubt sink in and kept to their goals.

And it paid off big time, as OU picked off each of its final three opponents in the regular season, including Texas Tech at home, followed by road games at Baylor and Oklahoma State, en route to earning a trip to Arlington, Texas.

There, they took care of business in winning this final Big 12 Championship game for the time being.

"Man, I can't even explain it," said senior strong safety Jonathan Nelson. "You know, when I'm a granddad, when I'm like 82, then I can, you know, brag about this to my grandkids. And it's sort of inexplainable. A million words can't really express how I feel."

Slot receiver Ryan Broyles seconded those sentiments.

"It feels so good," Broyles said. "This rivalry with Nebraska started way back when, even when I was a little kid. It just feels so great to get this last one."

So, OU really is the Big 12 Champion, not just for this year, but for the 15 years of existence of this league, which will lose two of its members in 2011.

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