Texas 16, OU 13: Postgame thoughts
Despite a valiant effort from its defense, OU dropped to 3-3 following a tough 16-13 loss to Texas. The big storyline, though, was Sam Bradford re-injuring his throwing shoulder. Barring something unforeseen, it appears Bradford has played his final game in a Sooner uniform. It will be interesting to see how this shoulder affects his NFL Draft status. Clearly, surgery is something the Bradfords will strongly consider now, since the perception of this injury is that it’s chronic. Unfortunate situation.
On to the game:
* The defense was really spectacular. It was a defensive TD away from being one of the all-time great performances. Keenan Clayton nearly picked off a couple pick sixes. Brian Jackson had an INT, but couldn’t shake Colt McCoy at the end. Still, if this defense plays this well from here out, no matter how troubled the offense is with injuries, the Sooners have a chance to win out. Truly gutty outing by the defense.
* Jeremy Beal and GK McCoy turned in All-American performances. Neither could be blocked by a veteran, usually solid Texas offensive line. Both guys will be playing Sundays sometime soon.
* CB Demontre Hurst, OU’s final addition to the 2009 recruiting class, could turn out to be the best of this class, too. He had a big 15-yard sack on McCoy filling in for Jackson. Great speed and has a feel for the game that can’t be taught. Future star.
* Six games in, the offense is still looking for an identity. That’s what mass injuries will do. Sooners really missed OG Brian Simmons today. To compensate, they had to move TE Brody Eldridge to guard. That kind of mixing and matching upsets continuity. But OU doesn’t enough much faith in its other guards.
* Off. coordinator Kevin Wilson implied after the game that he didn’t think Simmons’ knee injury is season-ending, but expects him to be out at least the next couple weeks. That means Eldridge probably stays inside. Walk-on Trent Ratterree played admirably in Eldridge’s place at tight end. But he doesn’t posses the ability to block the way Eldridge can in the run game on those off-tackle plays that have worked so effectively the last three years.
* Give it up to RB DeMarco Murray. He runs as hard as he can on every play. It’s strange, but in a lot of ways Murray has become OU’s power back, and Chris Brown’s its breakaway guy. My times have changed since 2007.
* I don’t think the WRs played poorly, but let’s face it, they are what they are. Average playmakers. Broyles’ shoulder blade fracture seemed to hamper his overall effectiveness, but he made a huge play to give OU some life with a tackle break followed by the touchdown scamper. The Sooners don’t have anyone else who can make that type of play.
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