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Oklahoma football: Sooners' scars from 2011 game vs. Baylor still healing

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 9, 2012

But losing to Baylor?


Baylor scoring 45 points, amassing 616 yards and winning on a five-play, 80-yard drive in the final minute of the game is different.

Superman spun the Sooners' world off its axis.

OU looks to have reestablished order; it will name its score Saturday when Baylor comes to town. The Bears are Griffin-less, and the Sooners are much improved over last season.

Credit the defensive uptick. No more defensive backs and safeties running behind open receivers, looking at each other like, “Wasn't that your guy?”

“We've been complicated enough but simple enough that we're not having breakdowns ourselves and not giving up big plays because of our actions,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “We've really reduced that.”

Heck, these Sooners would beat last year's Sooners by two or three touchdowns.

But what remains to be seen is whether OU can ever get back to the glory of the early 2000s. Can it be a regular in the national title game? Can it make it to November without having to watch scoreboards and need help?

If OU does, it can look back at last year's Baylor game as a catalyst.

Scars aren't always a bad thing.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. You can also like her at, follow her at or view her personality page at

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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