The Sooners were 1-for-9 on third-down conversions, while CU was 6-of-19 on third down and 2-for-3 on fourth.
"We couldn't make a play,” Venables said, "couldn't get off the field.”
Sunday morning quarterbacks no doubt will criticize the play-calling of OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.
But given the Sooners' horrendous execution, exactly what plays would have worked?
"They did a great job stopping us,” Wilson said. "They were prideful and played well.”
Sadly, the same can't be said of OU.
"There were some competitive plays we needed to make and, well, we didn't,” Wilson said.
As a result, this week's Red River rivalry went from being pure gold to fool's gold.
A couple hours after the Sooners' loss in Boulder, Texas lost 41-21 to Kansas State in Austin.
Hey, how about that Big 12 North?
At least OU had the decency to lose on the road.
Imagine the Sooners' momentum had they taken care of the task at hand Saturday.
Instead, they got derailed.
Defensively, OU couldn't corral an attack that had gained minus-27 yards rushing on 25 carries two weeks earlier against Florida State.
And it wasn't as though the Buffs made any miracle adjustments down 17-7 at halftime against OU, nor did they resort to chicanery.
Colorado just dominated.
"It was pretty basic,” Venables said of the Buffs' play-calling. "Very elementary.”
It's also very elementary why OU lost Saturday.
It got what it deserved.