Share “OU wonders: What happened?”

By John Helsley Published: September 17, 2006

• Following the onside kick, Dixon was 2-for-2 passing for 38 yards. The big play on the drive was a pass interference call against Sooner safety Darien Williams, putting the Ducks at the 23. On the next play, Dixon found Brian Paysinger streaking behind Harris for the decisive TD.

What went wrong?

The Sooners struggled to find the answers.

"We just didn't execute when we needed to," Harris said. "They came out and they performed better than we did when they needed to, in the clutch."

And the final touchdown?

"You've got to stay disciplined," said Harris, tearing up. "You've got to play your technique, you know.

"You get exposed. You get exposed when you don't."

Harris was in man coverage on Paysinger, yet let the wideout run right past him.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables shared the blame.

"Obviously, that's my responsibility, to make sure they do their job," said Venables. "You start to press a little bit and a good team will take advantage. And they did.

"It's not on them all the time."

The Sooners said they changed nothing late, said they didn't soften their coverages or their approach.

On the game-winner, Alexander was charging on a blitz.

"I had Rufus Alexander in my face," said Dixon, who produced career highs of 26 completions and 341 yards passing. "I stayed in the pocket and held strong."

The Sooners wilted.

"You're disappointed," Venables said. "You had it right where you wanted it. That isn't going to happen very often. Everything went their way and nothing could go our way. Some of that was them, a lot of that was us." has disabled the comments for this article.


  1. 1
    An Oklahoma Immigrant's Experience, Recast As Noir, In 'Dragonfish'
  2. 2
    Summer well spent: Youths shadow professionals in mentoring program
  3. 3
    Norman residents disturbed after seeing vulgar, racist graffiti on homes, vehicles
  4. 4
    Vinita police chief: Extreme sunburn case still under investigation, drawing international media...
  5. 5
    Hundreds pack memorial service for man killed at north Tulsa park
+ show more


× Trending ou Article