Sooner head coach Bob Stoops gets a victory bath in San Diego
Sooners down Ducks in Holiday Bowl
Ingram's pick in final minute saves victory
by Jay C. Upchurch
SAN DIEGO â€” Replay or no replay, Oklahoma wasnâ€™t leaving Qualcomm Stadium
without a victory Thursday night.
Clint Ingram made sure of that when he intercepted a Brady Leaf pass in the
final minute to preserve a 17-14
Holiday Bowl triumph for the Sooners.
Ingramâ€™s fifth pick of the season killed sixth-ranked Oregonâ€™s hopes for a
win or a possible game-tying field goal
that would have forced overtime. The senior linebacker leapt in front of Demetrius Williams to snag the Leaf offering at the OU 10-yard line with 33 seconds remaining.
The Sooners (8-4) then ran out the clock to claim their sixth win in seven games, the lone loss coming via a controversial ending at Texas Tech where the contest was decided by several questionable replay calls in the final
On this cool night in front a record Holiday Bowl crowd, it was a decision by officials not to replay an Adrian Peterson fumble on the goal line that kept the Ducksâ€™ hopes alive and set up a wild finish. Oregon (10-2) cut the lead to three with just over three minutes left and then drove deep into OU territory on
its final possession, after taking over at its 22.
â€śIt kind of typifies our whole season,â€ť said coach Bob Stoops, momentarily reliving the final quarter of what looked like an OU runaway at one point. â€śWeâ€™ve been fighting all year and was another game where we needed basically every play to decide the outcome. But the main thing is Iâ€™m proud of our kids and the way they held it together and finished.â€ť