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No. 7 Texas clinches berth in Big 12 Championship game

Friday’s game between No. 20 Oklahoma State and BYU will determine whether the Longhorns play the Cowboys or the Sooners in Arlington.

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Texas Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

AUSTIN, Texas — For the first time since 2018, the No. 7 Texas Longhorns are headed to Arlington to play for a Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium, clinching a berth on Friday evening with a resounding 57-7 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to close out the regular season with an 11-1 record.

Numerous scenarios were in play had the Longhorns fell to the Red Raiders for the second straight season, but a win made it simple for Texas — win and they were in. Head coach Steve Sarkisian’s team did exactly that in a dominating performance that featured some missed opportunities in the first half before a kickoff return touchdown to open the second half and an interception return for a touchdown helped create separation against Texas Tech in a game that featured more than a quarter of garbage time.

With No. 13 Oklahoma beating TCU on Friday, the attention turns to Stillwater on Saturday for the 2:30 p.m. Central matchup on ESPN between No. 20 Oklahoma State and BYU — if the Cowboys win, they clinch the No. 2 seed. With a loss, the Sooners would instead move into position for a Red River Rivalry rematch in the Metroplex.

It’s the seventh and final appearance for the Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship game, history that includes a win over Nebraska in 1996, the inaugural season for the league, a loss to the Cornhuskers three years later, a loss to Colorado in 1999, wins over the Buffaloes in 2005 and the Huskers in 2009, and a loss to Oklahoma in 2018, the most recent time Texas played for the conference title.

Kickoff on Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium is set for 11 a.m. Central on ABC.