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Sooners’ sacks bury Razorbacks

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DALLAS — Rocky Calmus and Roy Williams had quite a final fling for No. 10 Oklahoma.

The only teammates ever named the nation's best linebacker and defensive back in the same season led the Sooners to a school record-tying nine sacks and held Arkansas to just 50 yards in a 10-3 win at the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday.

"We would have liked going to the Rose Bowl, but to end my career like this, I wouldn't have had it any other way," said Calmus, who had 11 tackles, a sack and a late fumble recovery.

The Sooners (11-2) blew a chance to defend their national championship by losing to Oklahoma State at home in their regular-season finale, but finished with 11 wins for the 11th time. Arkansas (7-5) won six of its previous seven games.

Williams, winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award for nation's top defensive player and the Thorpe Award for top defensive back, has to decide if he will return for his senior year or enter the NFL draft.

Oklahoma fans chanted "One more year" as Williams walked off the field as the Cotton Bowl defensive MVP with six tackles and two sacks. He said he'll talk to his family and coaches before deciding.

"I definitely heard it. Man, that's flattering," Williams said. "I just hope everybody realizes this isn't a one-person thing. We're a good defense because of what we do as a team."

Even if Williams leaves, the Sooners' defense should be in good shape.

Six of the nine sacks were by players with at least two seasons of eligibility left — two each by Jimmy Wilkerson and Dusty Dvoracek and one by Teddy Lehman and Derrick Strait. Sophomore safety Matt McCoy added an interception, and Lehman forced a fumble.

"It's very positive what happened," said Calmus, a runner-up for the Nagurski and winner of the Butkus Award for top linebacker. "Hopefully, we've set the foundation for the young players and future players."

Oklahoma's new offensive coordinator, Chuck Long, stuck to a conservative plan.

The Sooners had a 1-yard touchdown run by Nate Hybl in the first quarter and a 32-yard field goal by Tim Duncan to open the second half. That 10-0 lead was plenty with the defense at top form.

Oklahoma won last year's national championship with a 13-2 win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

"These players on our defense have set the stage the last two years what our expectations are," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "The character and toughness has been set that other players will live up to."

Arkansas didn't get into Oklahoma territory until a short punt put it there late in the third quarter. The Razorbacks drove past midfield just once, on a drive that ended with a 32-yard field goal with 9:46 left, and made only one first down on the final three possessions. Two of their six first downs came by penalty.

"They're very, very talented, very fast, and they caused lots of problems," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said.

The nine sacks cost Arkansas 55 yards, and the quarterback duo of Zak Clark and Matt Jones was constantly under pressure. Clark was 2-of-12 passing with an interception, and Jones, the running quarterback, was 0-of-1 with a fumble that Calmus recovered.