(Saturday, December 6th)
Final Score: (4) Oklahoma 62, (19) Missouri 21
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Sam Bradford has Oklahoma headed to the national title game and the Florida Gators should be waiting for the Sooners in Miami.
Bradford threw for 384 yards and two touchdowns as fourth-ranked Oklahoma blew past No. 19 Missouri, 62-21, in the Big 12 Championship game.
Although it's likely to be Oklahoma against Florida in the Bowl Championship Series national title contest, both teams have to wait another day for the voters and computers to officially place the Sooners and Gators against each other.
The final BCS standings will be released Sunday night with the top two teams to play on January 8 at Dolphin Stadium. Alabama entered Saturday unbeaten and No. 1 in the BCS, but lost to the Gators, 31-20, in the SEC Championship game. Florida was No. 4 in the BCS, but is expected to rise above current No. 3 Texas, which was left out of playing for the Big 12 championship when Oklahoma moved up to second in the BCS and was awarded the conference's South Division title in a three-way tiebreaker with the Longhorns and Texas Tech.
"I just think there was a lot of talk this week about how we didn't deserve to be in this game," said Bradford. "I don't know, we didn't get a lot of credit for what we had done this year. So I think there was a lot of motivation for us to come out and play well tonight and prove to everyone in the country that we belonged in this game."
The Sooners (12-1) then throttled the Tigers (9-4) for a second straight year in the conference title game, breaking the 60-point barrier in five consecutive games.
Chris Brown rushed 27 times for 122 yards with three scores for Oklahoma, which won the conference title game for a third straight year and sixth overall. Juaquin Iglesias had nine receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Bradford, a likely finalist for the Heisman Trophy, completed 34- of-49 passes.
Mossis Madu also rushed for three scores, gaining 114 yards on 15 carries for the Sooners.
The Sooners are 4-5 in bowl games under head coach Bob Stoops. If they earn a trip to Miami it'll be Oklahoma's fourth appearance in a BCS title game. They beat Florida Sate following the 2000 season before losing to LSU following the 2003 campaign and to Southern California after the 2004 season.
After the game, Stoops was asked if this was a statement game that the Sooners deserved to be in the national title game.
"I don't know what you're looking for," Stoops commented. "Again, everybody has their opinions. Some people's are different than other's. That's a pretty convincing win in a championship game when you have to have it against another ranked team. I think that's our fifth ranked team that we've been able to beat this year."
Chase Daniel connected on 27-of-43 passes for 255 yards with three TDs, but was picked off twice for the Tigers, who lost to the Sooners for a seventh straight time.
"Just the lopsidedness of it," said Daniel. "It's disappointing, but, like coach (Gary) Pinkel told us in the locker room, we've got to come back and we've got to win ten games. Whoever we play in the bowl game, wherever we go, if it's California, San Antonio, wherever we go, we've got to finish the season off with ten wins."
The opening drive of the game resulted in an OU field goal as Jimmy Stevens connected from 20 yards away
Jeff Wolfert was then barely short on a 48-yard attempt for Missouri, and Brown extended the lead to 10-0 with a four-yard TD run with 2:03 left in the first quarter.
Daniel hit Jeremy Maclin with a 27-yard score early in the second, but Bradford and Iglesias hooked up for two scores in a span of 2:01 in the second. First came a 10-yard strike with 11 minutes left in the half after Bradford bought time by scrambling. Then, after Daniel fumbled the ball away, Iglesias caught a seven-yard TD strike.
The Sooners then made a it a rout before halftime. Madu scored on a 12-yard run with 2 1/2 minutes left in the half, and a short time after Brian Jackson picked off Daniel, Brown was in the end zone again, on a six-yard scamper with 53 seconds remaining in the half for a 38-7 margin.
Stevens hit from 30 yards away with nine minutes remaining in the third before Daniel found Tommy Saunders from nine yards out to make it 41-14 going to the fourth.
Madu scored on runs of one and 37 yards in the final quarter, while Brown had a six-yard TD rush. Missouri's other score came on Daniel's eight-yard TD pass to Chase Coffman.
Saunders had eight catches for 72 yards...Jermaine Gresham had eight receptions for 82 yards for the Sooners...Missouri was coming off a 40-37 loss to Kansas last week.
12/07 01:56:22 ET