The Sooners went from spoilers to Sugar.
After Oklahoma's improbable 33-24 victory against Oklahoma State Saturday, it looks like OU will be heading to the Sugar Bowl to play Alabama.
Kind of shocking, really, when you think about how the Sooners even got to this point.
Oklahoma came into the game with major quarterback issues. Trevor Knight started the season, was hurt and then benched. Blake Bell replaced him, was hurt and then benched. Both played – along with Kendal Thompson – on Saturday and after Knight was hurt, Thompson fizzled, Bell led the Sooners to the go-ahead score with 19 seconds left.
The result means Oklahoma finished the regular season 10-2, knocked Oklahoma State out of the Big 12 and BCS picture all in the same game. OU was upset by Texas, blown out by Baylor and then considered an afterthought in the BCS picture.
And did it with Bell, who ran for the game-tying score in the fourth quarter last year in Norman, Okla., passed for the go-ahead score this year. But the situations couldn't have been much different.
A season ago, Bell was used in short-yardage situations and not expected to do much more. This year, he was benched because of his spotty throwing, yet led OU down the field in the final 2 minutes before finding receiver Jalen Saunders for a 7-yard touchdown.
Now, with a month off before its bowl game, OU can celebrate a likely BCS berth, but will also have to decide what quarterback to go with – Knight or Bell.