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Oklahoma football: Sooners aren't who we — or they — thought they were

COMMENTARY — So much for the Heisman Trophy-candidate quarterback, the vastly improved defense and home-field invincibility. These Sooners are nothing special.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 22, 2012

• A defense that wasn't even facing its Kryptonite, a sophisticated passing attack, yet wilted in the fourth quarter.

K-State made seven first downs in the fourth quarter and faced only three third downs. Converted all three, by the way.

Mike Stoops' return seemed so promising, then splat. Here came the fourth quarter.

Chalk it up to schemes or conditioning or playmaking on the part of Klein and his pals or a combination of all the above. Whatever, it does not bode well for these Sooners.

• A team that has lost its home dominance. Bob Stoops lost twice at Owen Field his first 12 1/2 seasons. Now he's 3-2 in his last five home games, and one of the victories was over Florida A&M.

This defeat hurt in every way. This defeat signaled that the Sooners aren't capable of rebounding from a disappointing 2011 season the way they rebounded in 2006 and 2010 with flawed but gritty teams.

This team is Few Grit. This team must find its way and soon, or 2012 could go way south in a hurry.

And it starts with Landry Jones. A fifth-year senior who was supposed to be a Heisman Trophy contender and a first-round NFL draft choice can't play like this.

“Bad football,” Bob Stoops admitted of Landry's play.

But it goes beyond Landry. It's just a dip in what we've come to expect from the Sooners.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

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 Oklahoman,...
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