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Jenni Carlson: No Cowboy struggled more than Zac Robinson

by Jenni Carlson Modified: November 29, 2009 at 7:05 am •  Published: November 29, 2009

Zac Robinson limped off the Owen Field turf.

So did his team.

The Oklahoma State quarterback made his way slowly toward the locker room Saturday afternoon in the moments after another Bedlam beatdown. His ankle was throbbing. His shoulder didn't feel too hot either.

Nothing hurt worse, though, than his pride.

Robinson and the Cowboys were shutout, 27-0. They sputtered to only 109 total yards of offense. They stalled with no third-down conversions.

"It's very frustrating," Robinson said. "Obviously, we are not used to playing like that offensively."

No one struggled more against Oklahoma than the senior signalcaller.

Playing so well before being slobber-knockered at the end of the Texas Tech game, Robinson returned to the field Saturday after sitting out last week. But he did not return to form.

His stat line: 9-of-21, 44 yards, one interception.

Some of struggles can be chalked up to the Sooner defensive linemen who spent much of the afternoon in his lap. Rare were the times Robinson dropped back and actually had time to throw before Frank Alexander or Adrian Taylor got to him.

The Sooners only had two sacks and three quarterback hurries, but they forced Robinson's hand at least a dozen other times.

"I thought that our guys up front played with great awareness," Sooner defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. "They stayed in front of the quarterback as opposed to a year ago when we let him run around at will and beat us with his legs."

Robinson didn't do that this time around. He had minus-6 yards rushing.

His longest run of the day came on the second play of the game, an 11-yard burst that might have changed the 2009 edition of Bedlam.

Robinson sprained his right ankle on the play.

By the end of the game, it was swollen up like an orange, and by the time he reached postgame interviews, it was wrapped tightly but still causing him to hobble around.

No doubt some of the swelling happened when Robinson was standing on the sideline the final eight and a half minutes of the game, but if it ballooned that quickly, it wasn't in good shape during the game. It had to slow him. It had to hamper him.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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