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Turnovers not the only thing that led to OU's downfall

By Jake Trotter Modified: October 24, 2010 at 11:18 pm •  Published: October 24, 2010

NORMAN — After going down 36-27 at Missouri, Bob Stoops seemed to be most disgusted with Oklahoma's season-high three turnovers.

Two of those turnovers happened in the red zone, taking potential points away from the Sooners. Another turnover led to a Missouri field goal in the fourth quarter.

"You just can't turn the ball over," Stoops said. "That's just a big factor of the game."

Turnovers, however, were hardly the only factors leading to OU's downfall.

In order, four other pitfalls that lost OU the game:

1. Disastrous kicking game

The Sooners' woes in the kicking game reached a new low.

On the opening kickoff, Patrick O'Hara, who replaced Tress Way on kickoffs just last week, had a stiff wind at his back, but only reached the 14-yard line.

That set the table for Gahn McGaffie's 86-yard touchdown return, which sent Missouri's crowd into a frenzy and guaranteed they would be a big factor throughout the night.

But as poor as the Sooners were on kickoffs, the field goal kicking was worse.

After Jonathan Nelson's strip of Michael Egnew, the Sooners were in business at the Missouri 22 down only 17-14 in the third quarter.

But with the wind from the right hash, Jimmy Stevens yanked a relatively easy 30-yard attempt left, stripping the Sooners of any momentum.

Making OU's ineffectiveness at kicker all the more obvious, Missouri's Grant Ressel (3 for 3 on field goals) capped the ensuing drive with a 30-yard make at the other end.

The kicking game cost the Sooners 10 points.

OU, by the way, lost by nine.

2. Poor quarterbacking in the fourth quarter

When the game was on the line, one quarterback rose to the occasion. The other, well, didn't.

This tells it all:

In the fourth quarter, Missouri's Blaine Gabbert completed 8 of 9 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Landry Jones went 0 of 7 passing with an interception.

Doesn't take an act of genius to figure out whose team won.

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