OU, OSU and TU all finish in final AP top 25
BY MIKE STRAIN World Sports Editor
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
1/12/11 at 3:45 AM
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The state's historic 2010 college football season added another milestone early Tuesday.
For the first time, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa have all finished in the top 25 of the final Associated Press poll.
OU is No. 6, OSU is No. 13 and TU is No. 24. It's the first time Tulsa has been ranked in the final AP top 25 in 19 years; and OSU has its highest final ranking in 22 years.
The state's three major-college football teams combined to set numerous milestones this season:
Now, they're all in the final AP top 25, after Tulsa climbed four spots to break into the poll.
- They combined for 33 wins, surpassing the previous high of 32 in the 2008 season.
- Their combined .825 win percentage eclipsed the previous high of .786 in 1914.
- They all won at least 10 games in the same season for the first time.
- They all won bowl games in the same season for the first time.
TU is in the final AP top 25 for the first time since 1991, when it finished No. 21 after a 10-2 season culminated with a Freedom Bowl win over San Diego State.
Tulsa finished 10-3 this season and closed the year with a seven-game win streak. TU concluded the year with a 62-35 victory over then-24th-ranked Hawaii in a game played on the Warriors' home field in the Hawaii Bowl.
OU finished in the Associated Press poll's top 10 for the eighth time in the last 11 seasons. The Sooners have finished in the AP top 25 in 10 of coach Bob Stoops' 12 years.
Oklahoma State finished in the AP top 25 for the second time in coach Mike Gundy's six seasons. The Cowboys were No. 16 in 2008.
OSU has its highest final ranking since the 1987 and 1988 teams finished No. 11 both seasons.
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