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Closing the Door on the Aggies

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Not Even the 12th man could help the Aggies Saturday night. On the final significant play of the game Texas A&M lined up in an attempt to stop Oklahoma on 4th and inches with 12 defenders. The Sooners converted the 4th down anyway.

Allen Patrick was impressive once again filling in for Adrian Peterson and giving Oklahoma fans hope for next season. Patrick ran for 173 yards and a touchdown against the Aggies giving him 440 since coming in to replace Peterson. He has got to stop fumbling though. Patrick has fumbled in every game he has received significant carries in.

OU dominated the line of scrimmage and took advantage of Dennis Franchione's fear of going for it on 4th and goal from the three yard line. I have no idea why Fran decided not to give the ball to Jorvorskie Lane but I'm glad he didn't. Lane was averaging almost 5 yards per carry and you have to think he can make it in but we'll never know.

Despite running for a touchdown and picking up the game saving 4th down Paul Thompson had his worst game of the season completing just 3 of 12 passes for 39 yards. However, if going into the game you told me that is what his stats were going to be then I would have marked this game down as a loss.

This win was huge for Oklahoma in several ways. First, with Texas Tech and Baylor next on the schedule Oklahoma has a great chance of going into Stillwater with a 9-2 record and a 10 win season becomes very attainable.

Second, it solidifies OU as the second best team in the conference and as a legitimate Top 25 team. Winning in back-to-back weeks on the road against one loss teams speaks for itself.

Third, this win gives Oklahoma confidence going into next season. This is a young team and will return most of the starters next season.

Finally, it puts OU in position to get the conference's second best bowl bid. Barring a major upset in the Big 12 Championship game the Longhorns will receive a BCS bid and the Sooners will be the next team from the conference to get an invitation.

All of this is predicated on Oklahoma running the table and winning out which at this point is a very realistic possibility.