After a rough start to this season, Oklahoma seemed to be down and out.
But look at the Sooners now, back on top and playing for a berth in the BCS.
Allen Patrick ran for 163 yards and a touchdown to help No. 13 Oklahoma survive another scare and win the Big 12 South title with a 27-21 win against Oklahoma State on Saturday.
With the victory, the Sooners earned a spot in next week's Big 12 title game against Nebraska.
The Sooners' run to the South title started after a loss to Texas in October, and six of the team's seven straight wins have come without star tailback Adrian Peterson, who broke his collarbone.
"We've overcome a lot, but we knew we could get here," quarterback Paul Thompson said. "We knew we had the guys, the personnel to get here, especially after the changes we made and we saw what we had in our replacements. ... We never gave up hope of getting here, and now we're here."
Patrick gave Oklahoma a two-touchdown lead with a 65-yard run on the opening play of the second half, and the Cowboys couldn't quite finish a comeback despite three straight three-and-outs by the Sooners down the stretch.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops retracted an initial statement that Peterson was "doubtful" for the Big 12 title game, saying the 2004 Heisman runnerup will be re-evaluated.
Missouri, Daniel tear apart rival Kansas
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Chase Daniel threw for a career-best 356 yards and four touchdowns to lead Missouri to a 42-17 win over rival Kansas.
Chase Coffman caught two scoring passes for Missouri, which ended a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time after starting 6-0.
The Tigers tied for second in the Big 12 North with Kansas State.
Jon Cornish had 126 yards on 15 carries for Kansas, which had won three in a row.
Daniel, who was 26-for-38, topped his previous best of 320 yards in the opener against Murray State in his first season as starter.
With the victory, the Tigers ended a three-game losing streak against the Jayhawks.