They were not able to stretch their NCAA record to six straight games with 60+ points, yet this Sooner offense is still very scary. In cruising to the 36 point playoff win, Big 12 Championship hero Mossis Madu comes in as the OU’s third RB, scoring a touchdown in garbage time. Murray, Madu and Chris Brown combine for 334 total yards and three touchdowns, while Heisman-trophy winning, sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford completes 70% of his passes for 321 yards for this balanced-attack.
Along with the moral victory of keeping Oklahoma under 60 points, Troy can feel confident they will return to the December Madness playoff in 2009. Standout DuJuan Harris who averaged 5.4 ypc during the regular season and puts up 102 yards against the Sooners is just a sophomore and the 6’3”, 215 pound starting QB who threw for 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions over the final eight games of the year is a junior.
The Sooners will move forward to play the winner of the game between Big Ten Champion #8 Penn State and undefeated #9 Boise State, a team against whom Oklahoma lost in a similar situation in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Player of the game: DeMarco Murray (163 total yards, 2 TDs)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Oklahoma 93% - Troy 7%