NORMAN, Okla. Allen Patrick made the most of his chance at redemption.
The tailback who turned heads while filling in for Adrian Peterson last season ran for a career-best 202 yards as No. 10 Oklahoma wrapped up a spot in the Big 12 championship game with a 49-17 win Saturday against Oklahoma State.
Patrick was coming off the worst game of his career in the Sooners' loss to Texas Tech last week.
"I kind of felt like my old self today. My family came down, and I was trying to put on a show for everybody," Patrick said. "Just to come out here and play the best game I ever had.
"It was my last game in here and I knew that, so I just came out here and tried to play the best I could."
Patrick, who had four 100-yard rushing games after Peterson broke his collarbone last season, passed the century mark for the first time since September and also caught a touchdown pass in easily his best game of the season. It came one week after his first-quarter fumble led to quarterback Sam Bradford getting hurt while making the tackle in a 34-27 loss at Texas Tech.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he thought he had unfairly and unintentionally dumped too much of the blame for that loss on Patrick.
"Allen's as tough and hard-working a guy as we've had. I value that, and I think our team for the most part values that kind of attitude and play," Stoops said. "In our locker room, it's rewarding.
"He came out today, and we never doubted him."
Patrick got only one more chance to run the ball after his fumble against Texas Tech, but became a key part of the game plan again after leading rusher DeMarco Murray dislocated his kneecap last week.
Stoops said Murray will miss the Big 12 title game.
Stoops reassured Patrick with a talk earlier in the day, and the running back was then honored as part of Oklahoma's senior class.
"It was real emotional. I dropped a few tears before the game, and I just had my head focused," Patrick said.