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Sooners scarcely resemble No. 1 team in win over Missouri

OKLAHOMA 38, MISSOURI 28 – Sooners defensive coordinator Brent Venables says ‘I'm embarrassed to be associated with this' after Missouri rolls up 532 yards.
By TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, Published: September 25, 2011

A six-play and a 10-play drive – both capped by Ryan Broyles touchdown catches from Jones – allowed OU to claim the lead for good by the midway point of the second quarter.

Broyles had scores of 24, 4 and 4 yards, catching 12 passes for 146 yards to serve as the safety blanket for a unit that missed its deep threat, Kenny Stills. Stills missed the game as a result of having residual effects from a concussion sustained last week at Florida State.

From the looks of it, the defense appeared to have been bonked at FSU, as well. Venables was not quite sure how to explain why his players played the way they did. He just knew he saw it coming.

Lewis and Venables said practices this past week were sluggish. He said he had several “talks” with his players in the days leading up to the game, to no avail.

The Tigers scored on a 45-yard pass in the first quarter. They scored on a 48-yard run in the fourth. OU often had answers in the middle quarters, but it was vulnerable in the early and late portions of the game.

Mizzou had two sophomores finish with more than 100 rushing yards, quarterback James Franklin and running back Henry Josey.

“That doesn't happen here,” Venables said. “It's not acceptable.”

Lewis tried to look at the game as a positive, since it happened in September.

“This is a reality check,” he said.

Still, the effort didn't make much sense to him – especially considering the loss last year in Columbia.

“They killed us last year, knocked us off the mountain when we were No. 1,” Lewis said. “I don't know why players wouldn't prepare. I'm disappointed in myself as a captain and leader of this defense. I'm disappointed in the guys.

“We played good for two quarters. The first and fourth, we looked like … I don't know.”

Like a team that could not get away with that in the future?