Promising Oklahoma season turns sour

STILLWATER, Okla. -- After taking the field first, several Sooners went directly to the other end of the stadium and waited for the Cowboys to emerge from their tunnel.

But Oklahoma never backed the talk. Not Saturday. Not August, either.

Oklahoma State saved its talking for the field and rolled 44-10 Saturday night, reducing preseason No. 1 to a punch line by the third quarter. After Jeremy Smith's 37-yard touchdown dash made it 44-3, two OSU offensive linemen held up the "shark fins" to their foreheads. After OSU's Justin Gilbert intercepted Landry Jones in the fourth quarter, the theme from "Jaws" reverberated throughout Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Sooners entered the weekend with a chance to capture their eighth Big 12 title and advance to the Fiesta Bowl. They exited with their biggest Bedlam defeat since 1945, and could plummet as far as the Holiday Bowl, the fifth bowl in the Big 12 pecking order.

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