Big XII Champs

Oklahoma quarterback Nate Hybl lifts the Big 12 Championship trophy after defeating the Colorado Buffaloes Saturday at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Sooners defeated the Buffaloes 29-7. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Oklahoma... your Sooners are Big 12 Champions.

With the Big 12 Conference Championship and a BCS berth on the line, Oklahoma proved their first win over Colorado was no fluke with a convincing 29-7 win over the Buffaloes Saturday at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

The win gives the Sooners their second conference title in the last three years and guarentees them a spot in the coveted BCS Bowl series. Rumors are running wild in Houston that Oklahoma will now be invited to the Rose Bowl to play Washington State.

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is just happy to be bowling. Period.

"We'll go wherever they want to take us," Stoops said. "All the bowls are excellent, and it will be a great environment."

"I'm extremely proud of our players. I'm extremely proud to win this championship. It was a great win for us tonight."

Quentin Griffin rushed for over 100 yards for the ninth straight game and the Oklahoma defense held Colorado to just 193 yards of total offense.

Griffin, a Houston native, earned MVP honors after rushing for a championship game record 188 yards and two touchdowns.

"I was excited to play in a championship game right down the street from where I grew up," Griffin said. "You can't ask for more than that. It was pretty cool to here them calling my name."

Nate Hybl helped the Sooners jump to an early 13-0 lead first half lead by hitting on a pair o touchdown passes to Trent Smith and Mark Clayton.

Colorado cut the Oklahoma lead to 13-7 when Jeremy Bloom returned a punt 80-yards after OU's first possession of the second half ended in a punt.

Griffin gave the Sooners a little more cushin late in the third quarter with first of his two scores on the day with a clutch 36-yard run on third and nine that put OU up 19-7 at the 2:54 mark.

And then Oklahoma took any life Colorado had left when they capped a seven minute drive that covered 84 yards on 16 plays with a 28-yard Trey DiCarlo field goal to push the lead to 22-7.

Griffin then put the icing on the cake with another spectacular 27-yard touchdown run with 2:33 left to go in the game that put OU up 29-7.

In addition to his two touchdown passes, OU quarterback Nate Hybl hit on 14 of his 25 pass attempts for 114 yards. Hybl also threw a great block that helped spring Griffin open on his last touchdown run.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," said Hybl of winning the Big 12 championship. "It's been a long five years here, and it means everything to go out as a champion."

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