Monday, July 18, 2011
Oklahoma bounces Bama for national title
By ESPN.com staff
After a year away, Oklahoma returned to the national title game to give the Big 12 three appearances in four seasons. This time around, though, the Sooners brought the national title back to Big 12 country, beating Alabama* 27-17 and ending the SEC's run of five consecutive BCS titles in this EA Sports simulation.
The win gave the Sooners their first national title since 2000 and the program's second under Bob Stoops.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson opened the scoring with a lengthy run, but Oklahoma back Roy Finch answered soon after with the same to tie the game at seven.
Richardson finished with 96 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Landry Jones helped the Sooners take the lead with a long touchdown pass to Ryan Broyles, who made an acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone, albeit not as acrobatic as the late grab he made against UConn for a touchdown, the last time he was on the BCS stage.
Jones finished with 288 yards passing against an Alabama defense littered with NFL talent, connecting for a pair of touchdowns.
In the video above, you can see Bob Stoops celebrating his team's title on the podium.
*this, just like our last look at the Fiesta Bowl, is clearly real life