The Sooners actually trail 14-3 early in the game after Penn State quarterback Darryl Clark hits two deep passes – to running back Evan Royster for 71 yards and to senior wide receiver Jordan Norwood for 44 yards – for touchdowns. Oklahoma gains momentum back in the second quarter by following a great punt return with a nine play 42 yard TD drive. Two more PSU three-and-outs set up OU field goals and the Sooners head into the half winning 16-14.
The second half is pretty much all Oklahoma as the offense hits full speed. Sam Bradford reminds everyone why he won the Heisman. Bradford completes 25 of 30 passes for 352 yards, spreading the ball around to eight different targets, including hitting two running backs, two tight ends and four wide receivers. Interestingly, against one of the better passes defenses of all-time, he is that successful, yet only throws for one touchdown.
Not to be ignored is the play of Royster, who earns back-to-back player of the game awards in this widely-viewed playoff. The sophomore standout gives Nittany Lions fans plenty of hope for next season with 143 total yards and two touchdowns on just 16 touches.
The top-ranked Sooners will advance on to an eagerly anticipated December Madness semifinal matchup with another great defense in either Alabama or USC.
Player of the game: Evan Royster (143 total yards, 2 TDs)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Oklahoma 56% - Penn State 44%