Houston Bound

Oklahoma clinched the Big 12 South title and a spot in the Big 12 Championship game against Colorado with their 60-15 win over Texas Tech Saturday night in Norman. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Houston...here come the Sooners.

For the second time in three years, Oklahoma will play for the Big 12 Championship.

Oklahoma clinched the Big 12 South title and a berth in the conference championship game on December 7 in Houston, Texas with an impressive 60-15 rout of Texas Tech Saturday night in Norman.

The Sooners' defense put the clamps on Tech's Heisman Trophy quarterback Kliff Kingsbury and senior running back Quentin Griffin did the rest with his seventh-consecutive 100-yard rushing game.

In all, the Sooners rushed for 329 yards with Griffin accounting for 207 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns.

"Quentin, coupled with our offensive line, has been the biggest difference from this year to last," said senior quarterback Nate Hybl. "Our ability to run the ball is paramount. I can't stress enough how much easier it is for me and for Coach Long as far as play calling goes."

"To play well in my last game at Owen Field is a really great feeling," said Griffin who moved into third on the all-time Sooner career touchdown list. "It was nice that it was on national television because all of my family was able to watch. It was just a really special day."

"I don't think what he dos is legal anywhere but between those white lines," said senior tight end Trent Smith of Griffin. "He's a special player. He's absolutely breathtaking at times. I couldn't be happier for a guy getting the recognition that he gets."

Oklahoma took the opening kick-off and turned in into a 10-play, 70-yard drive capped by a 10-yard touchdown run by Kejuan Jones.

Griffin then broke the longest touchdown run of his career on the Sooners' next possession with a 62-yard touchdown run that put the Sooners up 14-0 at the 9:45 mark of the first quarter.

"I just tried to get past that first hit. After that I don't know what happened," said Griffin. "I know one of my receivers gave me a great downfield block. The next thing you know - I'm in the end zone."

Oklahoma extended the lead to 16-0 when Jimmy Wilkerson sacked Kingsbury in the end zone late in the first quarter.

Kejuan Jones' second touchdown run of the game, this time a 3-yard carry, put OU up 23-0 and the rout was on as Oklahoma's defense did the rest, holding the Red Raiders to no first downs in the first 16 minutes of the game.

"That's the best defense I've seen in four years," Kingsbury said. "They just beat us in all phases of the game."

The Oklahoma defense also intercepted Kingsbury twice and held him to a season-low 187 yards.

"We always expect to play well in big games. That's just what we do around here," said senior cornerback Andre Woolfolk.

"We had a good week of preparation. We got out there and set the tone that we were going to fly around to the ball and make sure that we gang tackled anyone who caught the ball.

"Don't challenge those guys. They're going to get you," said Trent Smith. "They let their guard down a couple of weeks ago and weren't playing up to their potential. They knew that. They're a special group of guys over there. Their desire and will to succeed is amazing."

Before the Sooners can focus on Colorado and the Big 12 Championship game, they have one more hurdle to overcome next weekend against Oklahoma State if they want to stay alive for a possible spot in the Fiesta Bowl.

Last year's loss to the Aggies in Norman is still on Smith's mind.

"That's a team that embarrassed us last year," said Smith on the Sooners' 16-13 loss to Oklahoma State in Norman. "They won the game and we're not going to make any excuses about it. But that shouldn't happen and I'll talk more about it on Tuesday."

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