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Bradford, injured non-throwing hand and all, didn't even have it that easy. He was still playing in the fourth quarter and finished with a Big 12 championship game record 384 yards.
Expect the sophomore to be in New York next Saturday when the Heisman Trophy is handed out, along with fellow Big 12 quarterbacks Colt McCoy of Texas and Graham Harrell of Texas Tech.
Maybe, Texas can beat Oklahoma in that competition. Surely it won't make it any easier for the Longhorns to watch the Sooners, a team they beat in October 45-35, play for the national title.
Oklahoma and Texas finished in a three-way tie for the Big 12 South title with Texas Tech, but the Sooners' victory over Texas Tech, combined with Tech's win against Texas, made head-to-head moot. According to Big 12 rules, the poll voters and computer ratings used by the BCS were left to break the deadlock, and the Sooners got the nod.
Texas fans have done all they could to remind anyone paying attention about their team's victory in Dallas, setting up Web sites, handing out signs and flying banners from planes -- including one over Arrowhead Stadium before the Big 12 title game that read "Enjoy the BeatByTexas.com Bowl."
Yes, the Longhorns also beat Missouri in the regular season.
But it wasn't enough to combat the Sooners' dominance. Since losing to Texas, Oklahoma has won seven straight games by a combined score of 419-205.
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