NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Just minutes before the start of Oklahoma's football game with Baylor, the final score came in: Illinois 28, Ohio State 21.
As he prepared the Sooners to take the field on Saturday, coach Bob Stoops learned the top-ranked Buckeyes had lost, a key development for Oklahoma as it seeks to maneuver back into position for a possible berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
But he didn't tell his team before the Sooners beat Baylor 52-21.
Stoops says that in the end, none of it matters. OU still has to keep winning and keep fighting.
Oklahoma moved up a spot to No. 3 in The Associated Press poll, even receiving one first-place vote. The Sooners, whose only loss came on Sept. 29 at Colorado.
If Oklahoma and Kansas continue on their present courses, they will meet in the Big 12 title game.