NORMAN — As Oklahoma’s offensive players trotted off the field after a quick, unsuccessful series early in the third quarter, line coach Bill Bedenbaugh met his captain on the sideline.
The ensuing, animated exchange with senior center Gabe Ikard wouldn’t be Bedenbaugh’s last tongue-lashing of the night, and Ikard knows to expect plenty more where that came from in practice next week.
“Basically, the only positive thing he said, ‘Congratulations on winning; it’s always good when you win,’” Ikard said. “And then the rest of it was — to paraphrase — ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do.’”
Oklahoma held on to beat TCU 20-17 Saturday night on Owen Field after nearly blowing its 13-point halftime lead in a rough third quarter.
Facing a tough, disciplined Horned Frogs defense, Oklahoma struggled to get much going offensively early in Saturday’s game, but the Sooners put together two impressive drives to end the second quarter and take a two-possession lead into the break.
TCU’s offense didn’t pick up a single first down before halftime, making the 13-point advantage seem secure.
The Sooners totaled only four yards on eight offensive plays in the third frame, though, and didn’t manage a second-half first down until 10:52 remained in the fourth quarter, allowing the Horned Frogs to work their way back into the game.