I spoke with them on the phone before I applied and the admissions officer was quite nice.
She made a point of strongly encouraging me to explain why I wanted to go to OK. She gave an example of talking about any ties I had to OK.
AFAIK, state schools have to limit their out-of-state applicants.
It's certainly fair to favor in-state, and they may indeed have filled up their quota early this year (with the increased apps and decreased space). Also, they could have been well clued in that I really only applied because I received a fee waiver very late in the game (I WOULD have gone had the financials worked and nothing better been available, I certainly wouldn't apply anywhere I wouldn't go). Finally, perhaps my PS sucked. I was born in Oklahoma, but I didn't play up any great desire to practice or attend OU, because that simply would not have been true. I just used my standard PS with a couple of mods. C'est la vie.
(I have to add, given the events of this week, that I had a joke about OU in my LSN account. That might not have been such a good idea in retrospect
. My LSN account is pretty bland now, just in case.)