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OU's lackluster opener proves Sooners have bigger worries than kicker

OU 31, Utah State 24: Oklahoma outplayed at home by a middle of the road WAC team.
By JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, Modified: September 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm •  Published: September 4, 2010

NORMAN — Patrick O'Hara is off the hook.

Oklahoma's got problems bigger than kicker.

Like being outplayed by a middle-of-the-road WAC team.

On both sides of the ball.

At Owen Field.

The entire game.

Sure, the Sooners prevailed 31-24 on the scoreboard Saturday night.

But the final stats tell the real story of this opener.

Utah State produced 421 total yards. OU only had one more.

The Aggies finished with 21 first downs. The Sooners had just two more.

OU was so lackluster, the OG&E Power Play of the game on the Jumbotron was a Tress Way punt.

An 85-yard punt. But still, a punt?

Sooner Nation was just as sullen. While walking down the ramp after the victory, one pour soul shouted, "Boomer!" No one echoed back, "Sooner."

"Overall, I didn't feel we played very well in a lot of areas," said coach Bob Stoops, who addressed his team roughly 20 minutes more than usual before making it over to his postgame press conference. "A lack of execution on both sides of the ball.

"Not at all pleased with it in any way."

Going into the opener, no one believed OU was a team without imperfections.

The offensive line was revamped. The defensive tackles and cornerbacks were inexperienced.

And then, of course, the field goal kicking has been something to be desired.

Turned out, field goal kicking was OK. O'Hara converted his only attempt, from 32 yards out, even if it was a line-drive knuckleball.

Most everything else about the Sooners, though, left something to be desired.

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