From Sports Illustrated: The Sooners, who entered the Orange Bowl as 11-point underdogs, are the undisputed National Champions, having pulled off perhaps the most stunning post-season victory since Penn State picked off Vinny Testaverde five times to beat Miami in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl.
In a dominant display, the No. 1 Sooners frustrated Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke and the top offense in the country, beating Florida State 13-2 in the Orange Bowl on Wednesday night to take the national title. Only a bad snap over punter Jeff Ferguson's head in the final minute, which resulted in a safety, prevented Oklahoma from handing the third-ranked Seminoles their first shutout since 1988. A perfect defensive effort for the only perfect team in the nation. And it was done against a team averaging more than 42 points and was tops in the country with 549 yards per game. To Sooners coach Bob Stoops, those late two points did nothing to diminish what his team accomplished. "Are you kidding me?" he said. "Our defense, everyone recognizes, still had a shutout." As for this year's Heisman winner... "I tried to intimidate from the coin toss. I told Chris Weinke that he stole my boy's trophy," said Torrance Marshall, referring to Heisman runner-up Josh Heupel of Oklahoma. Weinke finished 25-for-51, with a fumble, and two interceptions. Star running back Travis Minor was reduced to 20 yards on 13 carries.