Inside OU's breakdowns

By Scott Wright and John Rohde Published: September 30, 2007
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ards per kickoff return and 21.8 yards per punt return.

The Sooners also muffed a punt return at their own 16-yard line with 4:44 left to set up the game-tying touchdown and interfered with a Colorado fair catch.

Poor coverage cost OU until the bitter end when CU's Chase McBride returned the final punt of the game 31 yards to the 50-yard line, setting up the Buffs' game-winning drive.

"We didn't play very well obviously,” Sooners defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. "We didn't play very well as a team today, whether we had foolish penalties at bad times, not taking advantage of field position, or giving up field position, and just not stopping the run.”

Conditioning
Likely due to a combination of two things — the thin Colorado air and an even thinner time of possession by the Sooner offense — OU defenders said they wore down in the final quarter

"We just got a little tired at the end of the game,” cornerback Reggie Smith said. "But it shouldn't matter.”

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