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Oklahoma football: The Morning After Blog

by Erik Horne Published: October 13, 2013

OU's Blake Bell (10) walks off the field at halftime during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
OU's Blake Bell (10) walks off the field at halftime during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

It wasn’t a pretty game for No. 12 Oklahoma in a 36-20 loss to Texas in the Red River Rivalry. The Sooners were outplayed from start to finish and the win kept Texas unbeaten in the Big 12 (3-0).

The Chatter

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach said for 60 minutes Saturday, it was Mack Brown, not Bob Stoops, who looked like the best coach on the sidelines.

Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News says OU had no excuses in Dallas.

Andy Staples of SI.com says the Longhorns’ win brought some (brief) happiness back to the OU-Texas marriage.

ESPN’s Brandon Chatman says OU’s Big 12 title hopes took a big hit Saturday.

Blake Bell took a step back, says Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.

Mack Brown handled critics the best way he knew how, says Matt Hayes of The Sporting News.

A bold move may have saved Brown’s job, says Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

The Hit: Was it targeting?

It was the Hit Heard Around the World: Minutes after OU linebacker Eric Striker decapitated Texas quarterback Case McCoy on a first-quarter blitz, the clip was being replayed all over the Internet. ABC’s Brent Musburger and Todd Blackledge were quick to bring up the question of targeting on the hit, probably because of the sheer violence of it. Striker did come high on McCoy, but the result was worse than the intent (I’d imagine it also wasn’t hard for Striker to flip McCoy, who is generously listed at 200 pounds). The hit stood and OU recovered a fumble on the next play.

In comparison, Striker’s hit was definitely cleaner than the high heat from a Baylor player on Kansas State wide receiver Kip Daily on Saturday. Talk about targeting.

From Kellis Robinette of the Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star: K-State cornerback Kip Daily left the game and was unable to return after taking a hit that the crowd deemed questionable on Saturday. When asked about the hit, (Kansas State coach Bill) Snyder said his thoughts would be “better left unsaid.”

The Quote

One more dime from the Twittersphere:


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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