Oklahoma football notebook: Five turnovers costly for Sooners

by Michael Baldwin Published: December 4, 2011
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The team that won the turnover battle figured to have a huge edge. Oklahoma losing the turnover battle 5-1 proved to be a knockout punch in the Sooners' 44-10 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturady in Stillwater.


“Turnovers killed us,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “Overall it was just a very disappointing loss, probably one of the most disappointing losses we've ever experienced.

“I can't put a finger on a single guy that played well. And obviously we got outcoached. It's very, very humiliating, disappointing, a hard loss to swallow for all of us.”

Quarterback Landry Jones accounted for four turnovers — two interceptions and two fumbles. The other came on a fumble by freshman running back Brandon Williams.

“The young, true freshman fumbles,” said coach Bob Stoops. “You wonder some of these guys weren't playing more earlier (in the season). Well they do things like this. A guy like Dom Whaley usually doesn't do that. Ryan Broyles doesn't drop third down passes. I'm not making excuses. The bottom line is the people you're missing make a difference.”

STOOPS CONGRATULATES COWBOYS

At his weekly press luncheon Stoops pontificated about the Big 12's preseason theme of “one true champion.”

After OSU won the title outright, finishing 8-1 in league play, Stoops congratulated the Cowboys on their first conference title in decades.“

They obviously don't need to be worrying about sharing the trophy with anybody,” Stoops said. “They played an excellent game and deserved it and won a big game. Looking at us, I'm very disappointed in what we were able to do.”

ALEXANDER PLAYS WITH INJURY

Senior defensive end Frank Alexander, the favorite for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, played with a shoulder injury he suffered last week against Iowa State. Alexander left the game briefly after re-aggravating the injury, but returned.

“He was sore last week,” Stoops said. “Through the week it was pretty painful for him.”

Alexander, who leads the conference in tackles for loss, did not record a tackle.

“It was hard,” Alexander said. “I had to do what I had to do to try and help my team win. I got nicked up early in the second quarter so it kind of changed with my shoulder being sore the rest of the game. But that's no excuse for losing.”

RONNELL LEWIS WAS CLEARED TO PLAY

Stoops junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis didn't play because of a “class suspension,” not a sprained MCL he suffered two weeks ago at Baylor. The injury was expected to sideline him three to four weeks.


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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