OU wins Big XII South!

The Sooners 30-3 victory over Nebraska (in their first visit to Norman since 2000’s “Red October”) clinches the Big XII South division, sending the Sooners and The Pride of Oklahoma to Kansas City on December 4 for the Big XII Championship. The winner is guaranteed a BCS bowl berth – normally the Fiesta Bowl for the Big XII Champ, but if the Sooners remain undefeated, it could very well be the Orange Bowl for the BCS National Championship!

Halftime included a salute to Molly and David Boren, marking their first ten years of university leadership, including a reprise of Roland Barrett’s Fanfare for a New Era, premiered for David Boren’s inauguration as OU President ten years ago, and Fanfare for the Common, Man. The show also featured the traditional Battle Hymn of the Republic as part of a Veteran’s Day salute. And yes, before you ask – it was the classic All-Star arrangement!

Next, three honorary drum majors led the Pride in Boomer Sooner in recognition of their tremendous impact on the organization:

  • Cathy Freede of Oklahoma City, representing the Freede family and their generous contributions to the Pride
  • John Waller of Oklahoma City, chairman of The Pride of Oklahoma Centennial Committee, and
  • Our own Terri Cooter, retiring president of the OU Band Alumni Association, in recognition for her thirteen years of service to us and our band!

It was the final home game for 73 Pride Seniors, who exited in the traditional style in their own interlocking OU at the end of halftime, to tears and cheers all around. We hope to welcome many of them to our ranks next fall!

Those who saw the game on Fox Sports know that the team was penalized late in the fourth quarter for fans (in the student section) throwing oranges on the field, despite three warnings from the public address system. Two Pride members were struck by unauthorized citrus projectiles, but thankfully, neither was injured.

Next up: a pep band to Waco for the final regular season game against Baylor!

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