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Sunday, November 26, 2006

OU advances to Big 12 title game

Close victory against Oklahoma State makes Sooners unlikely finalists

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Oklahoma running back Allen Patrick (23) runs past Oklahoma State safety Donovan Wood (8). Patrick ran for 163 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners' 27-21 victory against the Cowboys on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

— As he saw Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson's fourth-down pass arc deep into the end zone toward receiver D'Juan Woods, several thoughts raced through the mind of Oklahoma cornerback Lendy Holmes.

"He can jump, I can jump," Holmes said. "I know I'm a player, and I'm not going to let him catch it."

Holmes got enough of it. The deflected ball sailed just beyond Woods' fingertips, and the Sooners' dramatic 27-21 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday was finally safe.

Kansas City, here the Sooners come. Believe it or not.

A team rocked early by controversy and later by injuries completed its improbable march to the Big 12 Championship Game with a fourth consecutive victory in the Bedlam Series.

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