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BCS, after the dust has settled…

by Bryan Terry and Nate Billings and Chris Landsberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm •  Published: January 12, 2009
OU's Sam Bradford gets hit by Florida's Dustin Doe, center, and Carlos Dunlap during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.   PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Sam Bradford gets hit by Florida's Dustin Doe, center, and Carlos Dunlap during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU’s Sam Bradford gets hit by Florida’s Dustin Doe, center, and Carlos Dunlap during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Originally I planned to do a post about the BCS Championship football game directly after the game. When we didn’t get finished working until 3 a.m., plans changed a bit. The more I talked with Sooner fans, the more they didn’t want to talk about it. I figured waiting until Monday to post some pictures would work out best for everybody. If readers of this blog were frantically looking for photos here directly after the game, I apologize to both of you.

If you’re a careful reader, you will notice a common visual theme in coverage after a big loss: the pictures of the team walking off of the field.  I think it is much easier to find good pictures of a team that has just won. There are many ways to show the joy of winning. Photos that show losing are not as plentiful. A great and unique picture of a dejected player is much more rare than a great celebration shot. Consequently, dejection pictures tend to involve players on the bench looking at the scoreboard or players walking off of the field. Below are some different pictures from the game, including the players walking off the field.

So, Sooner fans, I don’t expect you to enjoy these pictures. But now that the dust has settled a bit, I hope you can take a look.

OU's Jermaine Gresham leaps over Florida's Major Wright during the first half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.   PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Jermaine Gresham leaps over Florida's Major Wright during the first half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU’s Jermaine Gresham leaps over Florida’s Major Wright during the first half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.  PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Oklahoma kicker Mike Knall (13) flies through the air after being hit by the Florida defense on a punt attempt during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma kicker Mike Knall (13) flies through the air after being hit by the Florida defense on a punt attempt during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU’ Mike Knall flies through the air after being hit by the Florida defense on a punt attempt during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

A Sooner fan reacts to the Sooners 24-14 loss to Florida during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
A Sooner fan reacts to the Sooners 24-14 loss to Florida during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

A Sooner fan reacts to OU’s 24-14 loss to Florida during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates after the Gators scored the final touchdown in the fourth quarter during the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Florida Gators won, 24-14. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates after the Gators scored the final touchdown in the fourth quarter during the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Florida Gators won, 24-14. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates after the Gators scored the final touchdown in the fourth quarter during the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Florida Gators won, 24-14. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

A Sooner fan reacts after Oklahoma fell behind against Florida during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
A Sooner fan reacts after Oklahoma fell behind against Florida during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

A Sooner fan reacts after Oklahoma fell behind against Florida during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU's Chris Brown (29) walks off the field as photographers swarm Florida players after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Florida Gators won, 24-14. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Chris Brown (29) walks off the field as photographers swarm Florida players after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Florida Gators won, 24-14. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU’s Chris Brown (29) walks off the field as photographers swarm Florida players after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Florida Gators won, 24-14. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Oklahoma walks off the field as Florida fans celebrate in the stands after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma walks off the field as Florida fans celebrate in the stands after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU walks off the field as Florida fans celebrate in the stands after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU head coach Bob Stoops walks off the field after OU's 24-14 loss to Florida in the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.   PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU head coach Bob Stoops walks off the field after OU's 24-14 loss to Florida in the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU head coach Bob Stoops walks off the field after OU’s 24-14 loss to Florida in the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates with fans after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Florida Gators won, 24-14. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates with fans after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Florida Gators won, 24-14. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates with fans after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Florida Gators won, 24-14. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Oklahoma's Sam Bradford walks off the field after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma's Sam Bradford walks off the field after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Florida Gators (UF) on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU’s Sam Bradford walks off the field after the BCS National Championship college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Oklahoma lost the game 24-14 to the Gators.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

To see even more photos from the game, click here.

-Nate Billings

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by Bryan Terry
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Bryan Terry is a native of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yukon High School. He first picked up a camera while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. After working for the school newspaper, The Vista, he interned at The Oklahoman. He...
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