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Berry Tramel: No excuses for this Sooner loss

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm •  Published: November 21, 2009

Tailbacks Baron Batch and Eric Stephens combined for 182 yards, and OU's defense made the beleaguered Taylor Potts look like a real Tech quarterback, which some in Lubbock had questioned.

"Very disappointed," said OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "We haven't coached or played like that. We didn't show the fight or the toughness that is the standard of who we are."

Some Sooners feigned disrespect at Tech's "Jump Around" celebrations in the fourth quarter. But you want disrespect?

Here's disrespect. Tech led 27-6 late in the third quarter and faced 4th-and-1 from its 40-yard line. And Leach went for the first down.

I know, he does stuff like that all the time. But against Oklahoma? In a game when the Sooners had little hope of driving the field?

Even worse, Leach ran the ball, with Batch darting six yards for a first down. A mediocre Tech team Saturday believed that it could run on the OU defense and believed that OU's offense couldn't score no matter how close to the goal line it got.

"They brought the fight to us," said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "They were more physical than us. Controlled the game at the line of scrimmage. Just flat out beat us."

There are few things more shameful in the Bob Stoops era than being pushed around like this.

Stoops seemed void of answers, and not even a Bedlam victory next Saturday — which could spoil a glittering OSU season — will soothe these wounds. This performance raises red flags to go with those red faces.

All those close defeats — four by a combined 12 points, under the weight of massive injuries and missed field goals — seemed very far away as Jones Stadium became for the Sooners a house of pain.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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