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OKLAHOMA CITY – In 1982, the Universities of Oklahoma and Georgia sued the NCAA to open the avenues for broader television broadcasts in college football. Two years later, OU and Georgia won. And now, the Sooners and Bulldogs will meet on the gridiron for the first time at the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day in the first game of the College Football Playoffs.

OU and Georgia filed suit claiming that the NCAA’s actions of controlling TV rights violated the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Act. The United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of both institutions and on June 27, 1984, the United States Supreme Court affirmed that the NCAA television plan violated antitrust laws through an unreasonable restraint of trade and also illegal price fixing.

More games began being televised beginning in the 1984 season.

Last weekend, the Sooners won their 11th Big 12 Championship with a 41-17 victory over TCU at the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma jumped to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, which included Caleb Kelly’s 19-yard fumble return on TCU’s first play from scrimmage after the Sooners took a 3-0 lead.

OU marched 81 yards on its next possession which ended on Baker Mayfield’s 5-yard scoring strike to Mark Andrews for the 17th point. The Horned Frogs scored on their next two series to close the gap to 17-14 midway through the second quarter. The Sooners answered on their next drive for a 24-14 lead. Mayfield again hit Andrews in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown.

The Frogs responded with a field goal with four seconds until intermission to cut OU’s lead to 24-17.

After giving up 17 points and 222 yards in the first half, the Sooners’ defense shutout TCU in the second half and held the Frogs to just 95 total yards.

Mayfield hurled two deep scoring bombs—the first a 55-yarder to Mykel Jones and the second a 55-yarder to Marquise Brown, to put OU up 38-17 in the third quarter. Austin Seibert kicked a 40-yard field goal late in the third, and neither team scored in the final frame.

Mayfield, who was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player, completed 15 of 23 passing for 243 yards and the 4 TDs. Andrews led the receivers with 7 catches for 58 yards, but Brown (3-87) and Jones (3-67) had more yards.

Georgia won the Southeastern Conference title with a 28-7 victory over Auburn in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday in Atlanta.

Auburn took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs scored 28 unanswered points in the final three periods for the win. Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm completed 16 of 22 passing for 183 yards and 2 TDs. Freshman running back D’Andre Swift, who led the Dogs’ ground attack with 88 yards, got a big chunk of them on a 64-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Clemson and Alabama will meet in the other semifinal at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on New Year’s Day.

Oklahoma State will meet Virginia Tech for the third time at the Camping World Bowl at 4:15 on December 28 in Orlando, Fla. This bowl game was previously known as the Russell Athletic Bowl.

While the Cowboys finished third in the Big 12 Conference, the Hokies, coached by former Oklahoma quarterback Justin Fuente, finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division. A win would give the Pokes their third straight 10-win season.

The Big 12 Conference had a total of eight teams selected for bowl games this year, and the 80 percent figure of bowl teams is the highest of any conference. The other Big 12 matchups are:

Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 23): Texas Tech vs. South Florida

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dec. 26): West Virginia vs. Utah

Cactus Bowl (Dec. 26): Kansas State vs. UCLA

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Dec. 27) Texas vs. Missouri

Valero Alamo Bowl (Dec. 28): TCU vs. Stanford

AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Dec. 30): Iowa State vs. Memphis

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Ray Dozier

Ray Dozier is the author of Legends of Oklahoma Sooners Football and two editions of The...

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