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OU couldn't follow its own blueprint for beating Missouri

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: October 24, 2010 at 6:54 am •  Published: October 23, 2010

"We thought running the football would be a big part of the game," Stoops said. "But we didn't do it very effectively."

Yet the most disappointing part of OU's performance was its pass rush. In that it had none.

Rush four. Zone blitz. Bring the house. Didn't matter. Whatever defensive coordinator Brent Venables tried, the Sooners couldn't get to Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who wasn't sacked once.

Instead, Gabbert had all night to pick OU's secondary apart. Which he did, completing 30 of 42 passes for 308 yards, including a 38-yard strike to Jerrell Jackson in the fourth quarter that gave Missouri the lead for good.

"We weren't at all effective rushing the passer," Stoops said. "They kicked our butts there, too."

The Sooners had the recipe for defeating Missouri. But failed to supply the main ingredients.


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