Bradford Answers All Questions

Sam Bradford's head - better yet, the condition of it - was one of the biggest topics of discussion last week. Coming off a concussion suffered against Texas Tech, Bradford was a question mark entering Bedlam. Not only did Bradford play, but he put up his usual, record-setting numbers in a 49-17 Sooner victory.

The concerns were there all week.

Would Sam Bradford be able to play? How we he hold up? Should he even be on the field?

The questions were valid as the Oklahoma quarterback was less than a week removed from a concussion he suffered against Texas Tech.

The concerns were there, alright.

And Bradford put them all to rest on Saturday when he helped guide Oklahoma to a 49-17 thrashing of Oklahoma State, ensuring the Sooners' spot in this week's Big 12 championship against Missouri in San Antonio, Texas.

Bradford completed 11-of-15 passes for 150 yards and four touchdowns against the Cowboys. He wasn't spectacular because he didn't need to be. The ground game took care of that.

But he was efficient and that's been his M.O. all season. Bradford entered the game as the nation's leader in passing efficiency with a rating of 179.43. Against the Cowboys, his rating was 232.00.

Turns out, the concerns were all from outside the OU camp.

"I felt fine, felt normal," Bradford said after the game. "Everything felt good out there tonight. I started feeling better Monday – started coming around I knew I was going to be fine."

Bradford was cleared by doctors late in the week, but all signs during the week pointed toward him playing.

"He had a really good week. Everything was positive through the week," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. "I didn't want to jump the gun earlier in the week and say that because you never know what could happen.

"He played really well again today."

And he set records.

His 32 touchdown passes on the season are an NCAA Bowl Subdivision (Division I) freshman record. He broke the mark of 29 set by Texas' Colt McCoy (2006) and Nevada's David Neill (1998).

He also moved into fifth place on OU's single-season passing list with 2,670 yards. Only Josh Heupel (3,850 in 1999 and 3,606 in 2000) and Jason White (3,846 in 2003 and 3,205 in 2004) have more.

But Bradford is more interested in helping his team achieve its goals. One was accomplished Saturday (the Big 12 South title). Another can be had this week against Missouri.

"It feels great," he said in making it to the Big 12 Championship game. "That was one of our goals from the beginning of the season and now we won the South and are on our way to San Antonio.

"We just need to take care of business next week."

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