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Rohde: Could BCS National Championship loss send Bob Stoops packing?

By John Rohde Modified: January 9, 2009 at 3:46 pm •  Published: January 9, 2009
p /> Stoops is now 1-3 in national title games, which is much better than 0-4, and a whole lot more impressive than 0-0.

Surprisingly, what prevented Stoops from upping his title game record to 2-2 was his team's inability to convert scoring opportunities inside the red zone (the opponent's 20-yard line) on Thursday night.

During the season, the Sooners scored 76 times in 80 trips inside the red zone, with 69 of those scores being touchdowns.

In the second quarter against the Gators, they were 1 for 3.

OU failed to convert on third and fourth down from the Florida 1-yard line and on its next possession threw an interception on first-and-goal from the 6 with 10 seconds remaining before intermission.

"You know, I tried to force one in there, but I probably should have thrown it in the back of the end zone and taken the three points (with a field goal)," said Sooners quarterback and 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford.

Instead of OU potentially leading 21-7, the game was in a 7-7 deadlock at halftime.

"As ironic as it is, we've been so efficient the entire year in the red zone," Stoops said. "We had some opportunities to make a difference in the first half (and) came up short. Those are all opportunities for production, for points, that we didn't get. To me, that's part of the end."

Was that part of the end just for Thursday's game, or possibly the end of Stoops' tenure at OU?

John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

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