LUBBOCK, Texas — What goes around, jumps around.
A football program that has spent many an autumn afternoon delivering pain was the recipient of the same Saturday at Jones Stadium.
The Sooners, hard-luck most of this 2009 season, were hard-up by the end of Texas Tech's 41-13 rout, when the Red Raiders were bopping to "Jump Around," the House of Pain song that rang through the night a year ago as OU whacked Tech 65-21 at Owen Field.
Embarrassed. That's what Oklahoma football was Saturday. Embarrassed.
Who says the Sooners — adorned in all-white uniforms and helmets for the first time in more than 40 years — didn't wear red?
It was all over their face.
"This is a bad one," said OU offensive tackle Trent Williams. "Worst I've ever experienced."
This was bad to the bone. Bad gameplanning. Bad preparation. Bad performance. Bad effort. Bad coaching. Bad ankle-taping, if the truth was known.
Bad everything except place-kicking. Patty O'Hara nailed two field goals, one a booming 47-yarder, so the Sooners couldn't even fall back on one of their excuses for a lackluster season.
"They had a chip on their shoulder," said OU d-end Jeremy Beal. "They kicked our butt.
"I don't think we gave up. But we didn't show up."
And suddenly, not only is 2009 a nuclear waste dump for OU football, 2010 looks a lot less rosy.
Injuries sufficiently wrecked the Sooners' high hopes. But there are no excuses anymore. Not in Landry Jones' eighth start at quarterback. Not with a defense that had stood strong but was stripped of its pride. Not against Tech.
This isn't Mike Leach's 2008 pirate ship of a football team. These Red Raiders entered 6-4 and in their two most recent home games were demolished by Texas A&M and went to the fourth quarter trailing Kansas.
Yet Tech pistol-whipped the Sooners. You figured Jones and Co. would struggle against the Red Raiders — this was a road game, after all — but who knew Tech would run roughshod over the Oklahoma defense?
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.
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