Oklahoma football: High marks for the Sooners few and far between

OKLAHOMA REPORT CARD — There weren't a lot of positives for Oklahoma in a 44-10 loss to Oklahoma State. Blake Bell and the Belldozer package get high marks, but it was only used once.
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm •  Published: December 3, 2011


The Sooners ran their short-yardage formation just once. And Blake Bell went 28 yards for a touchdown with 2:25 left in the game. But don't blame the playcalling. Until that drive, OU never faced 3rd-and-1, 3rd-and-2 or 3rd-and-3. The Sooners faced 2nd-and-1 twice earlier and converted both.


Remarkably enough, OU's pass defense was solid. Weeden didn't kill the Cowboys, completing 24 of 36 for 217 yards, and while Blackmon had 10 catches for 95 yards, his longest gain was 20 yards, and two of his catches were shovel passes.


State brotherhood wasn't limited to the combined bands' performance of “Amazing Grace,” honoring the victims of the OSU plane crash in November. Bob Stoops declaration that he would vote the Cowboys No. 2 was good for the Big 12 and united Bedlam front that's been presented over the last couple of years.


The Sooners figured to be the stronger run team. That was debunked by the way OSU ran the ball, but Josh Heupel didn't help the Sooners get off to much of a physical start. On OU's first three possessions covering 15 snaps, Heupel called 14 passes. The only running play was a Trey Franks reverse.

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...
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