Big win for Sooners, but how good?
NORMAN, Okla. - With 2:48 remaining, DeMarco Murray capped the scoring with his third touchdown run of the game and his fourth score of the night, the other a 91-yard kickoff return. What was left of the crowd let out a roar. The scoreboard read 52-21 OU and all appeared right in the Sooner Nation.
But was it?
The real story of this game may be known at some later date and then again may not. It is impossible to know. Perhaps OU will be stunned two weeks from tonight when Oklahoma State's high-octane offense walks into Owen Field. After giving 450 yards of offense to the Baylor Bears, is there a team left on the schedule that doesn't look dangerous?
All the same, should OU shut down Texas Tech next week, as it has done several times during the Mike Leach Lubbock era, perhaps one week will finally bleed into another and everything will be fine come Bedlam time.
There's just no telling.
Because there's just no telling about this team.
It can beat you with defense, as it did at Iowa State two weeks ago. And it can beat you with offense, as it did against the Bears today. It can even beat you with special teams, though against Baylor all it did was win more easily with special teams, going into the half up 28-14 thanks to Murray's kick return.
It can beat you through the air. That came to pass against the Bears, as Sam Bradford tossed three touchdown strikes against a single interception, completing 20 of 25 for 353 yards, a season high. And it can beat you on the ground as Murray's 13 carries for 95 yards and three scores indicates a very solid day.
You just never know.
You know the possibilities, but never the outcomes.
It's an odd place to find a team with a real shot to make the BCS championship game, yet that's where the Sooners find themselves, now only needing to worry about their own fortunes and those of Oregon, who might not be so uncatchable, even winning out.
Mark it up.
A 52-21 victory.
That much is certain.