The team that won the turnover battle figured to have a huge edge. Oklahoma losing the turnover battle 5-1 proved to be a knockout punch in the Sooners' 44-10 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturady in Stillwater.
“Turnovers killed us,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “Overall it was just a very disappointing loss, probably one of the most disappointing losses we've ever experienced.
“I can't put a finger on a single guy that played well. And obviously we got outcoached. It's very, very humiliating, disappointing, a hard loss to swallow for all of us.”
Quarterback Landry Jones accounted for four turnovers — two interceptions and two fumbles. The other came on a fumble by freshman running back Brandon Williams.
“The young, true freshman fumbles,” said coach Bob Stoops. “You wonder some of these guys weren't playing more earlier (in the season). Well they do things like this. A guy like Dom Whaley usually doesn't do that. Ryan Broyles doesn't drop third down passes. I'm not making excuses. The bottom line is the people you're missing make a difference.”
STOOPS CONGRATULATES COWBOYS
At his weekly press luncheon Stoops pontificated about the Big 12's preseason theme of “one true champion.”
After OSU won the title outright, finishing 8-1 in league play, Stoops congratulated the Cowboys on their first conference title in decades.“
They obviously don't need to be worrying about sharing the trophy with anybody,” Stoops said. “They played an excellent game and deserved it and won a big game. Looking at us, I'm very disappointed in what we were able to do.”
ALEXANDER PLAYS WITH INJURY
Senior defensive end Frank Alexander, the favorite for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, played with a shoulder injury he suffered last week against Iowa State. Alexander left the game briefly after re-aggravating the injury, but returned.
“He was sore last week,” Stoops said. “Through the week it was pretty painful for him.”
Alexander, who leads the conference in tackles for loss, did not record a tackle.
“It was hard,” Alexander said. “I had to do what I had to do to try and help my team win. I got nicked up early in the second quarter so it kind of changed with my shoulder being sore the rest of the game. But that's no excuse for losing.”
RONNELL LEWIS WAS CLEARED TO PLAY
Stoops junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis didn't play because of a “class suspension,” not a sprained MCL he suffered two weeks ago at Baylor. The injury was expected to sideline him three to four weeks.
“He was cleared to play,” Stoops said. “He was serving a class suspension.”
CALE GUNDY ON MIKE GUNDY
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy posted the biggest win of his career but his brother, Cale Gundy, OU's running backs coach, won't have fond memories from the 44-10 loss.
“I'm at OU,” Cale Gundy said. “I want to win. What he does on other games besides us I'm happy for him, but I'm a Sooner.”
BELLDOZER PACKAGE NOT A FACTOR
The Sooners figured they might have an edge with the Belldozer short yardage package run by backup quarterback Blake Bell. It was used only one play the entire game, and that was in the waning minutes when the outcome was decided.
“That means we put ourselves in a lot of third-and-longs and weren't efficient on first and second down,” said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.
Oddly enough, the one play Bell was on the field produced OU's only touchdown, a 28-yard touchdown run late in the game.
“I don't consider that a touchdown,” Stoops said. “They probably have their 2's and 3's in. We get lucky on a fourth-and-1 with two minutes to go in the game. We didn't get any touchdowns today.”
OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said the Cowboys had only 10 players on the field during the touchdown run.
OU COACHES WEAR ORANGE RIBBONS
Most of OU's coaching staff wore orange ribbons on their shirts as a tribute to Oklahoma State women's basketball coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna, who were killed in a plane crash last month.
JEFFERSON STARTS AT FREE SAFETY
Sophomore Tony Jefferson started at free safety. It officially was Jefferson's third start at free safety. He also started against Florida State and Texas.
Senior Sam Proctor started at strong safety against Iowa State with Aaron Colvin sliding over to free safety.
Javon Harris made eight starts at free safety but was removed from the staring lineup after being burned several times on long pass plays in a loss at Baylor.
MILLER BENCHED AFTER DROPS
Senior wide receiver Dejuan Miller, who led the Sooners in receptions last week against Iowa State, dropped two passes early in the game and was replaced by freshman Kameel Jackson. Overall, the Sooners had six drops.
WAY KEPT BUSY
When punter Tress Way doesn't play much it's a good sign for the Sooners. When Way plays a lot like he did Saturday night (eight punts) it's rarely never a good sign. The OU offense never got closer to the end zone than the OSU 19-yard line until the waning minutes when Bell scored a touchdown.