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Rohde: Even in victory, OU defense has fans in despair

By John Rohde Modified: October 26, 2008 at 10:46 am •  Published: October 25, 2008
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photo - OU's DeMarco Murray leaps over Ray Cheatham of Kansas State during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, Saturday, October 25, 2008.  BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's DeMarco Murray leaps over Ray Cheatham of Kansas State during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, Saturday, October 25, 2008. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
MANHATTAN, Kan. — For three weeks, Oklahoma football fans ranted about the Sooners not being able to run the ball.

With OU now able to gain ground yardage, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and his linemen have been granted a stay of execution.

The bull's-eye of criticism is now focused squarely on the forehead of Sooners defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Some want Venables lined up against a brick wall and given no blindfold, no cigarette and no last request.

Ready, aim, fire him.

Sadly, such are the high-stakes demands of OU football, and they always will be.

Despite all their horrifyingly unacceptable tribulations this season, the Sooners are 7-1 and were holding steady at No. 4 in the national rankings heading into the weekend.

And yet, certain fanatics are in despair.

They no doubt viewed OU's 58-35 victory over Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday as an eyesore.

Both teams combined for almost 1,100 total yards and nearly 100 points.

The Wildcats couldn't stop OU.

The Sooners couldn't stop KSU.

Such is the state of college football.

As nauseated as some OU fans are with the defense, no one is more nauseous than Venables.

"It's disgusting football," Venables said. "You hate it. It's not what we're about. It's not acceptable. It definitely isn’t going to be a culture that we allow.

"I've seen us play a lot better. Our first four or five games we played pretty good. The big plays have just killed us ... crazy stuff has happened. It's just inconsistent, bad football at times.

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