Reid steps inNews: Bobby Reid played the final 12 minutes after Zac Robinson suffered a shoulder injury. Reid, the former starter who was replaced by Robinson the third game of the season, was 1-of-3 passing for minus 1-yard and ran one time for one yard. View: Reid has a stronger arm. But overall Robinson is more consistent and more productive. Robinson emerging as a viable running threat (72 rushing yards against OU) has taken this offense to another level. Reid compiled some solid stats last season. He led the Cowboys to the Independence Bowl. But it's been obvious in recent weeks Robinson is much more effective running the zone read option play which is why the 2007 offense has surpassed last year's stats.
Offensive funkNews: OSU was limited to 299 total yards, including 89 in the second half. The Cowboys ran for 195 yards, the most OU has allowed all season. But OSU finished with a season-low 104 passing yards. View: It's difficult to turn the Cowboys into a one-dimensional offense, but that's what happened after the Sooners built a 35-17 lead. The Cowboys are more effective on the ground but were forced to the air once they trailed by three touchdowns with just over a quarter to play. "When it got to more than a two-possession game that puts more pressure on the play caller and the offense,” coach Mike Gundy said. "It allows them to open up the playbook from a defensive standpoint.”
Kicking woesNews: Kicker Dan Bailey was 1-of-2 on field goals. His second attempt, a 40-yard try, clanked off the right upright and sailed wide right. Gundy said after the game that Bailey will remain the kicker for the bowl game. View: Gundy switched kickers late in the season. Bailey, a walk-on, is 2-of-4 since the change. Veteran Jason Ricks, who was 8-of-14, lost his job after missing a 32-yard field goal late against Texas. It doesn't really matter. They're similar kickers even though Bailey has a slightly stronger leg. Bailey's and Ricks' misses have been just off. But hampered by a supsect defense every point is invaluable. By Mike Baldwin