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Berry Tramel: Sooners have to be red-faced over loss to Texas Tech

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 22, 2009 at 7:09 am •  Published: November 22, 2009

LUBBOCK, Texas — What goes around, jumps around.

A football program that has spent many an autumn afternoon delivering pain was the recipient of the same Saturday at Jones Stadium.

The Sooners, hard-luck most of this 2009 season, were hard-up by the end of Texas Tech’s 41-13 rout, when the Red Raiders were bopping to "Jump Around,” the House of Pain song that rang through the night a year ago as OU whacked Tech 65-21 at Owen Field.

Embarrassed. That’s what Oklahoma football was Saturday. Embarrassed.

Who says the Sooners — adorned in all-white uniforms and helmets for the first time in more than 40 years — didn’t wear red?

It was all over their face.

"This is a bad one,” said OU offensive tackle Trent Williams. "Worst I’ve ever experienced.”

This was bad to the bone. Bad game planning. Bad preparation. Bad performance. Bad effort. Bad coaching. Bad ankle-taping, if the truth was known.

Bad everything except place-kicking. Patty O’Hara nailed two field goals, one a booming 47-yarder, so the Sooners couldn’t even fall back on one of their excuses for a lackluster season.

"They had a chip on their shoulder,” said OU defensive end Jeremy Beal. "They kicked our butt.

"I don’t think we gave up. But we didn’t show up.”

And suddenly, not only is 2009 a nuclear waste dump for OU football, 2010 looks a lot less rosy.

Injuries sufficiently wrecked the Sooners’ high hopes. But there are no excuses anymore. Not in Landry Jones’ eighth start at quarterback. Not with a defense that had stood strong but was stripped of its pride. Not against Tech.

This isn’t Mike Leach’s 2008 pirate ship of a football team. These Red Raiders entered 6-4 and in their two most recent home games were demolished by Texas A&M and went to the fourth quarter trailing Kansas.

Yet Tech pistol-whipped the Sooners. You figured Jones and Co. would struggle against the Red Raiders — this was a road game, after all — but who knew Tech would run roughshod over the OU defense?

Tailbacks Baron Batch and Eric Stephens combined for 182 yards, and OU’s defense made the beleaguered Taylor Potts look like a real Tech quarterback, which some in Lubbock had questioned.

"Very disappointed,” said OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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