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John E. Hoover: TCU silences talk of an all-Oklahoma Big 12 party

John E. Hoover: TCU silences talk of an all-Oklahoma Big 12 party

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) hands off to running back Justice Hill (5) in Stillwater, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Hill led OSU with 102 yards rushing in the 44-31 loss to TCU. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

STILLWATER — The Big 12 Conference race was supposed to run through the state of Oklahoma.

Maybe it still will. But Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium, TCU created a potential detour.

Unfazed once again in the face of a sellout crowd, the No. 16-ranked Horned Frogs were mostly dominant in their 44-31 victory over No. 6 Oklahoma State, crashing the Big 12 Bedlam Party scheduled for Nov. 4 and possibly crushing the Cowboys’ hopes for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

“We want to be relevant,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “You want to win enough to get noticed. It was also an advantage that no one was giving us a chance. We play better that way.”

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John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he’s now co-host of “Further Review” on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World’s lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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