BOULDER, Colo. — Oklahoma lost.
But the season is not.
Colorado rallied from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the No. 3-ranked Sooners 27-24 on a last-second field goal Saturday at Folsom Field, effectively ending OU's chances of playing for a national title.
But OU can still beat Texas.
OU can still win the Big 12 championship.
OU can still play in a BCS game.
"This isn't the first time we've been in this situation. You can find out a lot about a guy how he reacts in these adverse situations,” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "You can sit here and mope about it, or you can suck it up and find out what went wrong. That's it.”
For OU, a lot went wrong in the second half.
Leading 24-7, the Sooners self-destructed with several key penalties and three costly turnovers, two leading to Colorado touchdowns.
OU's defense, which didn't get a breather in the second half, couldn't get off the field by stopping the run.
And the offense didn't help either, either turning it over or punting on three-and-outs.
The Sooners had just 19 offensive snaps in the second half compared with Colorado's 46, wearing out OU's defense late. Said coach Bob Stoops: "We talked about some things we didn't do very well today, and what we need to get done for next week so that we can have a chance for the rest of the year.”
OU will have more than a chance, because at the moment the once mighty Big 12 South looks dreadful, culminating Saturday with seventh-ranked Texas being blown out at home 41-21 by Kansas State.