Oklahoma football notebook: Five turnovers costly for Sooners

by Michael Baldwin Published: December 4, 2011


“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.

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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