April 20, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Oklahoma won its fifth NCAA men's gymnastics team title in seven years late Friday night, scoring a cumulative 363.20 to edge host Stanford by less than one point.
Penn State's Casey Sandy won the all-around title with a score of 91.35 at Stanford's Maples Pavilion.
Led by U.S. Olympic team hopeful Jonathan Horton and fellow senior Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, the second-seeded Sooners held off the top-seeded Cardinal, who finished with a score of 362.75 after charging through a strong vault performance in their final rotation.
Oklahoma, which has won eight NCAA titles, did just enough on rings to hold off Stanford's last-ditch rally.
"(Stanford) put their hearts out there," said Horton, who recently won the Nissan-Emery Award as the nation's top senior gymnast. "So did we. Just thankful we had a great performance and ended up on top. I'm very thankful for my team. A lot of times I put pressure on myself to come through in everything, but tonight I had some mistakes, and ... my team was incredible tonight. A lot of guys came through."
Illinois finished third at 359.75, with defending champion Penn State in fourth place, California in fifth and Michigan sixth.