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Oklahoma football: A Sooner season begun comes to end 'not acceptable at the University of Oklahoma'

OSU 44, OU 10 — First Oklahoma lost Ryan Broyles, then it lost its way. Saturday in Stillwater, the Sooners' lost the ball and track of their play-calling. The results: Their worst loss to Oklahoma State since 1945.
By TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, Modified: December 4, 2011 at 12:38 am •  Published: December 4, 2011

STILLWATER – This was supposed to be a national championship kind of season for Oklahoma. Bob Stoops said so in August.

The offense was supposed to lead the team there. The players said so in August.

Now they're here, Stoops and the Sooners, at this very low point awaiting an announcement for a middle-tier bowl game.

A devolving, unraveling, injury-filled regular season ended here Saturday night with a Bedlam debacle, a 44-10 Oklahoma State victory that didn't see Oklahoma score a touchdown until there were two minutes, 25 seconds left to play.

“They outplayed us by far. Far,” OU offensive lineman Gabe Ikard said. “As a season, as a whole, it was very, very disappointing. We really did embrace the No. 1 ranking at the start of the season.”

Nine wins and three losses for a team that had designs on 12-0 watched its rival storm the field and tear down the goal posts at Boone Pickens Stadium.

“Nine-and-three is obviously not acceptable at the University of Oklahoma,” Ikard said.

No one at OU's used to swallowing what happened Saturday night. Even the 10 points came with yeah-buts.

The Sooners' field goal was a 48-yarder to conclude the first half, only after a quickly-thrown-together desperation drive that made it 24-3 OSU.

And Stoops all but rolled his eyes at OU's only touchdown, a Blake Bell 28-yard run on his only carry of the night. Bell spent more time dozing than Belldozing.

“I don't even consider that a touchdown,” Stoops said. “They probably have their 2's and 3's in and we get lucky on a fourth-and-1 with, what, two minutes to go in the game.

“We didn't get any touchdowns today.”

In the Bedlam blowout, the worst loss to OSU since 1945, turnovers were particularly damaging. The Sooners lost the turnover battle, 5-1.

Landry Jones threw two interceptions and had two fumbles that led, directly and indirectly, to easy OSU touchdowns. Freshman running Brandon Williams also laid the ball on the turf.

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