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Big 12: Sooners rout Red Raiders for berth in championship

©Associated Press
November 24, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma left no doubt who is the best in the South.

Quentin Griffin ran for 207 yards and three touchdowns, and Oklahoma held Kliff Kingsbury to his fewest passing yards of the season in a 60-15 victory against Texas Tech on Saturday.

The Sooners finish the regular season Saturday against Oklahoma State, then play Colorado for the conference title Dec. 7.

Oklahoma's defense was back in form two weeks after giving up four touchdown passes in a loss to Texas A&M. It forced two safeties, sacked Kingsbury six times, intercepted him twice and held him to 187 yards passing, 67 on a fourth-quarter touchdown.

The Red Raiders had averaged 503 yards and 39 points behind Kingsbury, who threw for 473 yards and six touchdowns last week in an upset of Texas. But he was 15-of-35 against Oklahoma and is 0-3 against it since beating it as a freshman in 1999.

Kingsbury's worst game this season had been 268 yards in a 37-13 loss to Colorado on Oct.26.

The Sooners drove 70 yards in 10 plays for their first touchdown, a short run by Kejuan Jones.

After Tech punted, Griffin broke a tackle at the line, ran through another at midfield, stumbled but kept his balance, then raced down the sideline, cutting back near the 5 to elude a defender and get to the end zone for a 62-yard score.

Kingsbury was sacked in the end zone late in the first quarter, making it 16-0. Jones scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter, capping an 11-play drive in which the Sooners ran 10 times.

Then a holding call in the end zone resulted in another safety and a 25-0 halftime lead.

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KANSAS ST. 38, MISSOURI 0: Darren Sproles ran for 116 yards and a 12-yard touchdown, setting two school records in the process for the visiting Wildcats.

Kansas State reached 10 victories for the seventh time in school history, including five of the past six seasons.

The Wildcats got two second-half touchdown catches from Taco Wallace and outgained Missouri 553-191. The Wildcats didn't allow the Tigers past midfield until the fourth quarter.

Sproles, who had 25 carries, has eight consecutive 100-yard games and nine for the season to extend his school record.

He has 1,347 yards to break the mark of 1,263 by Josh Scobey last season and set the school record for all-purpose yards with 1,656, topping the 1,648 by Henry Hawthorne in 1970.

Missouri has lost 44 in a row to Top 10 teams, dating to 1981.

Terence Newman got the Wildcats off to a fast start with a 71-yard TD on a punt return, his second of the season, 44 seconds into the game.

Sproles' 12-yard run with 4:03 left in the half made it 17-0.

Ayo Saba had a 3-yard run and Wallace caught a 23-yard pass from Roberson for a 31-0 third-quarter lead.

UCONN 37, IOWA ST. 20: Dan Orlovsky threw three touchdowns and freshman Terry Caulley rushed for 191 yards as the visiting Huskies earned their biggest victory in Division I-A.

Connecticut, which finished the season with a four-game win streak, scored 27 consecutive points after trailing 20-10 to stun a team that was ranked ninth nationally in mid October.

Connecticut pulled within 20-17 when Caulley circled right end and outran the defense for a 68-yard touchdown with 10:16 left in the third quarter.

Later in the third, Terrance Smith's interception of Seneca Wallace gave Connecticut the ball at the Iowa State 24. On the next play, Wes Timko got behind Harold Clewis and caught Orlovsky's pass in the end zone to put UConn ahead to stay.

Orlovsky's 53-yard touchdown pass to Jason Williams made it 31-20 early in the fourth.

Iowa State lost five of its last six after a 6-1 start. All the Cyclones' previous losses had been to teams in the Top 25.

OKLA. ST. 63, BAYLOR 28: Josh Fields threw four touchdowns and ran for another as the host Cowboys qualified for a bowl game.

Tatum Bell ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries as the Cowboys won in Bears coach Kevin Steele's final game.

Down 7-0, Oklahoma State put Baylor away in the second quarter, scoring 35 on five drives that began in Bears territory and totaled 14 plays. It had five scoring drives of less than one minute.

Oklahoma State led 49-7 at halftime, the most points the Cowboys have scored in a half since a 56-point second half against Southern Illinois in 1973. They led 63-7 in the third quarter before Baylor added late scores.

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