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    HOUSTON -- Houston coach Tom Herman and the Cougars are past the point of proving they are for real. Yan Gomes Jersey .Shocking the world is for the real underdogs and if a Power Five conference happens to take note of what Houston is doing thats fine.Whatever.We were prepared to win. We expected to win. We train to win, Herman said. It wasnt about making a statement, it was about going 1-0 the first week of the season.Greg Ward Jr., Brandon Wilson and the 15th-ranked Cougars looked every bit ready to compete in the Big 12 -- or any other conference for that matter -- in a 33-23 victory against No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday.Houston is one of 11 schools that will meet with Big 12 officials starting next week to make a pitch to the Power Five conference that is pondering expansion.Regardless of whether Houston (1-0) ends up in the Big 12, the Cougars latest surprising win could have season-long ramifications on the College Football Playoff.Were not your typical Group of Five program, Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek said.The elusive quarterback Ward passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson, though, provided the key play in the biggest regular-season nonconference game the Cougars have played in 25 years and Houstons third victory in school history against a top-three team.The versatile senior defensive back went end line to end zone to score a touchdown with a short 54-yard field goal attempt to give Houston 26-17 lead with 8:28 left in the third quarter.Wilson reached up to catch the ball, barely keeping his feet in bounds. Reminiscent of Auburns Kick Six against Alabama in 2013, Wilson went flying out of the end zone and hurdled a fallen teammate to score what went into the books as a 100-yard return.I thought I stepped out, but I didnt, Wilson said. I just saw the green grass and I scored.Herman said he was looking for penalty flags.I was thinking this is too good to be true, surely theres a flag somewhere, Herman said.Oklahoma called a timeout before trying the kick, which Herman said allowed Houston to see the Sooners personnel and set up for the return.You know you have to cover it, but the personnel on the field isnt the best cover guys because the best cover guys wouldnt be able to protect the field goal. So youre in a little bit of a dilemma, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. I dont really second-guess. Ive seen Austin (Seibert) make that quite a few times.THE TAKEAWAYOklahoma: The good news for the Sooners is they have plenty of time and opportunities left to make another playoff run. But they need to get things fixed quickly with No. 6 Ohio State in two weeks and No. 13 TCU on Oct 1.Baker Mayfield threw for 323 yards and two scores for the defending Big 12 champions Oklahoma (0-1). He was 9 for 9 for 162 yards in the first half, but ended up being sacked five times and fumbled once.Houston: After finishing last season 13-1 with a Peach Bowl victory against Florida State, the Cougars have consecutive victories against top-10 ranked opponents for the first time in school history. Playing outside the Power Five in the American Athletic Conference, Houston still will likely have little margin for error if it wants to force its way into the playoff. But this certainly makes it look possible.POLL IMPLICATIONSOklahoma: The Sooners can expect to tumble when the new rankings come out Tuesday, but remember: Oklahoma looked done when it was upset by Texas last season and went on to make the playoff.Houston: The last time the Cougars were ranked in the top five was 1990, when they reached No. 3. It wouldnt be shocking see them get there again soon.UP NEXTOklahoma: The Sooners get a break next week with a home game against Louisiana Monroe.Houston: The Cougars face FCS Lamar next Saturday at home, but they might get a little work done for Cincinnati this week, too. The Cougars have a Thursday night road game on short rest against the Bearcats on Sept. 15.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP Manny Ramirez Jersey . Emery skated the length of the ice and fought an unwilling Holtby during the third period of the Flyers 7-0 loss Friday night in Philadelphia. He was given 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. But Emery did not face even a disciplinary hearing with NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan because rules 46. Tyler Naquin Jersey . The CFLs leading rusher kept adding to his gaudy numbers this season and scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play. The New Westminster, B.C., native plowed three yards into the end zone for the last score of a heated, see-saw battle between the two teams with the best records in the CFL. http://www.cheapindiansjerseyschina.com/andrew-miller-jersey/ . PAUL, Minn. Less than two years ago, a Socceroos call-up would have seemed a pipe dream for Brandon ONeill.Scant game time at Perth amounting to less than 15 A-League appearances in three years is hardly the level of exposure necessary for a young player to develop, let alone turn coach Ange Postecoglous head.Skip forward a season and the notion is not so far-fetched.Twenty-one A-League matches, including 16 starts, underscore a breakout 2015-16 campaign that rewarded Graham Arnolds faith, after the Sydney FC coach plucked the near-anonymous midfielder from his rut and brought him east.ONeills fearless form was a rare positive in the teams disappointing domestic season, his displays in February earning him selection for the Olyroos failed Olympic qualifying campaign.The 22-year-old is now a vital cog in a rejuvenated Sky Blues aiming high for long-awaited silverware.Last weekend, in front of 62,000 fans at ANZ Stadium, ONeill was superb in tandem with Josh Brillante and converted a free-kick to score the third of four unanswered goals against Western Sydney.It came a week aftter Postecoglou revealed hes on the lookout for the next young A-League stars to make a case for Socceroos selection. Corey Kluber Jersey. Its not what drives him most, but ONeill admits a desire to step up to the senior national set-up.Its always a goal thats in the back of your mind, ONeill told AAP.First and foremost, I need to continue to improve at Sydney FC and play well.Secondly, we need a team success - we need trophies this year.But thirdly, if Im playing well and the team is doing well, yeah Ill always stick my hand up.ONeill says theres plenty of room for improvement over the next few years and playing alongside fringe Socceroo Brillante and former club player the year Milos Dimitrijevic is a bonus.On the field weve clicked straight away, he said.Between us three it will be really enjoyable in the midfield this season, because were all ball players and hard workers as well.Sydney next play Central Coast on Saturday at Allianz Stadium. Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys China China Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '
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