KANSAS CITY, Mo. Oh no, Oklahoma!
The top-ranked Sooners got a taste of the misery they've handed out all season when they were stunned 35-7 by No. 13 Kansas State on Saturday night, throwing the whole national championship picture into chaos.
The loss in the Big 12 title game is certain to drop the Sooners in the polls. However, the big question is can they still hang on to finish in the top two of the BCS rankings to make the Sugar Bowl or whether they even deserve to go.
''I'm not going to sit here and lobby for any bowl,'' Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. ''We just got whipped. They outplayed us in every part of the game.''
Ell Roberson threw four touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for 235 yards and the Wildcats shredded Oklahoma's vaunted defense, winning their first conference title since taking the Big Six in 1934.
Despite the overwhelming defeat, experts still believe the Sooners (12-1) will wind up in New Orleans on Jan. 4 once the BCS standings are released Sunday.
Their opponent would be either Southern California or LSU, and whichever one-loss team is kept out of the title game will surely feel slighted.
''It hurts to lose,'' Oklahoma linebacker Teddy Lehman said. ''We played well all year and when it really mattered we didn't. All we can do is regroup and try to come out and get one more win.''
Kansas State will go to the Fiesta Bowl, its first BCS game ever. If not for a three-game losing streak early in the season, the Wildcats could have been playing for the national title.
''I feel like we should probably be the No. 1 team in the nation right now,'' Kansas State linebacker Ted Sims said.
The Sooners came in hearing talk about where they rank in history. Roberson and the Wildcats (11-3) delivered an emphatic answer second best in the Big 12.
The Wildcats have won seven straight since falling out of the poll following their losing streak.
This was the crowning achievement in coach Bill Snyder's career. When he took over in 1989, Kansas State was viewed as one of the worst programs in the nation. But he built it from scratch and after many heartbreaks finally came through in a big game, beating a top three team for the first time in school history.
Oklahoma looked out of synch, failing to generate a running game against Kansas State's stout front and giving little protection to Jason White.
White was under constant pressure from Thomas Houchin and endured many hard hits. The Heisman Trophy favorite finished 27-for-50 for 298 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns.
''They put pressure on us and got to us a few times,'' White said. ''They hit us where we are weak.''
White's first pick stopped a drive in the end zone and his second was returned 27 yards by Sims for a score to make it 35-7 early in the fourth quarter. White also missed an open Lance Donley on a fourth-and-1 play late in the second quarter.
Usually reliable kicker Trey DiCarlo missed a pair of field goals just his second and third of the season and Oklahoma's top-ranked defense was picked apart by Roberson.
He threw three touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 60-yarder to Sproles and a 63-yarder to James Terry, as the Wildcats seized control of the game.
Roberson also hit Brian Casey on a 19-yard score to tie the game early in the second quarter and added a 10-yarder to Antoine Polite in the third quarter.
The Sooners, who had trailed for fewer than six minutes all season, found themselves on the wrong side of a blowout the worst in Stoops' five years at Oklahoma.
Mike Stoops, Oklahoma's co-defensive coordinator, was coaching his final game for the Sooners before taking over as Arizona's head coach.
Bob Stoops stressed all week that the coaching change wouldn't affect the game, but the Sooners looked uninspired.
No. 2 USC 52, Oregon St. 28
LOS ANGELES Matt Leinart threw five touchdown passes for Southern California in its regular-season finale.
The Trojans (11-1, 7-1 Pac-10) find out Sunday whether they will travel to New Orleans to play for the national title in the Sugar Bowl, or stay home and play in the Rose Bowl. Oregon State (7-5, 4-4) will play New Mexico in the Dec. 24 Las Vegas Bowl.
USC scored 40 or more points for the seventh game in a row and finished the regular season with a Pac-10 record 506 points. Leinart set a conference single-season mark with 35 TD passes.
Mike Williams had two touchdowns catches, one a leaping, one-handed grab in the back of the end zone. Reggie Bush, a freshman, also caught two TD passes, and Steve Smith, another freshman, had 136 yards on five catches, including a 73-yard touchdown play.
Will Poole made two interceptions, returning one 67 yards for a touchdown, and Lofa Tatupu had USC's other two interceptions.
Leinart went 22-of-38 for 278 yards.
No. 3 LSU 34, No. 5 Georgia 13
ATLANTA LSU ignored a hostile crowd and showed off all its weapons, dominating Georgia to win the Southeastern Conference title for the second time in three years.
LSU (12-1) beat Georgia (10-3) for the second time this season. This one was much easier than the first meeting, a 17-10 thriller in Baton Rouge that wasn't decided until Matt Mauck's 34-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Green with 1:22 remaining.
The tone was set when freshman Justin Vincent took a routine-looking handoff and didn't stop running until he had an 87-yard touchdown run just 10 minutes into the game.
Vincent was the MVP, setting a championship game record with 201 yards rushing. He also had a 62-yard run and finished off the Bulldogs with a 3-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. LSU finished with 293 yards rushing and outgained the Bulldogs 444-249.
Navy 34, Army 6
PHILADELPHIA Kyle Eckel ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Roberts scored two TDs, leading Navy past Army in the 104th meeting between the service academies.
Army became the first team to finish 0-13 in major college history. The Black Knights have lost 15 straight, the nation's longest losing streak, and 24 of their last 25.
Army, which has lost four of the last five against Navy, still leads the overall series 49-48-7. Navy (8-4), coming off a 2-10 season, is heading to the Houston Bowl on Dec. 30.
Syracuse 38, Notre Dame 12
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Walter Reyes ran for 189 yards and five touchdowns, three in the third quarter, for Syracuse.
The Irish (5-7) finished with their third losing season in five years, something that had never happened in the storied history of the program. The Orangemen (6-6), coming off an embarrassing 24-7 loss at Rutgers, snapped a three-game losing streak.
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