Oklahoma will remain the No. 1 team in the land after beating No. 5 Florida State 23-13 Saturday night in Tallahassee.
The Sooners were in control in the first half. Oklahoma enjoyed a 13-3 halftime behind a fierce defense that may life miserable for Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel.
Manuel hurt his left shoulder in the third quarter and was replaced by Clint Trickett, who led the Seminoles on a drive that resulted in a 46-yard field goal from Dustin Hopkins.
Trickett then led the Seminoles to the game-tying score in the fourth quarter. Rashad Greene caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Trickett and after Hopkins added the extra points, the game was tied, the Sooners were in trouble and Doak Campbell Stadium was alive.
Oklahoma, however, got the lead back quickly and quieted the raucous Florida State crowd. Landry Jones led Oklahoma to the Florida State 37. On the next play, Jones hit Kenny Stills for a 37-yard touchdown pass.
Manuel had returned to the sideline, but Trickett was again leading the Seminoles on their next drive. But this time the Sooners buckled down and came away with their third turnover of the game. Javon Harris intercepted his second pass and Jimmy Stevens connected on a 31-yard field goal to seal the win.
Oklahoma cleared a major obstacle on its road to the BCS title game in New Orleans. The Sooners still have Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma State left -- all ranked teams at the moment. So there's plenty of work ahead.
Another observation: questions about Oklahoma's defense were answered tonight. The Sooners played a ferocious brand of attacking defense against the Seminoles. LSU and Alabama have stout defenses. Oklahoma is in that group.