The Sooners were 2-of-4 on third downs in which they needed two yards or less. Both failures came in Florida territory. That's a poor performance for a team with OU's line and offensive options.
The Atlantic Coast Conference crew seemed to struggle all game, calling timeouts when none was warranted and not noticing a runaway game clock. The biggest puzzle came on Florida's first touchdown, when Louis Murphy stretched the ball and lost it as he landed. Officials ruled touchdown, and it proved to be the right call. But wasn't the play worth reviewing?
Both of Bradford's interceptions at least touched the hands of his intended receivers, and his numbers weren't awful — 26 of 41 for 256 yards. But Bradford didn't deliver when it was most needed; the Sooners were two of six on third-down conversions in the second half.
The Sooner defense came ready to play, and despite a fourth-quarter letdown, Venables' crew gave OU a chance to win.