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What we saw Saturday was a little old-school football from OU and OSU

The Cowboys and Sooners each won football games. They gave up three points combined and their quarterbacks both did more damage with their legs than their arms.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 1, 2013

Overheard in the Houston airport Sunday morning: an OSU fan told another, “I sure didn't think we looked very good.”

This after an 18-point victory, on a neutral field to boot, over an SEC team coming off three straight winning seasons.

Forgive the fan his hubris. He was watching a game that was foreign to his eyeballs.

Just part of a strange, strange August Saturday. The Cowboys and Sooners each won football games. They gave up three points combined and their quarterbacks both did more damage with their legs than their arms.

What is this, 1948? Did they also play single-platoon, with leather helmets and turtleneck sweaters? Did the Cowboys travel by train to Houston, where they dispatched Mississippi State 21-3? Did the Sooners celebrate their 34-0 thumping of Louisiana-Monroe with sockhop at the Student Union?

This kind of football — the OU-Monroe game totaled 17 punts; OSU-Miss State totaled just three possessions that got within 10 yards of pay dirt — is a mystery to us.

We haven't seen this in years: 21-3 is a typical first quarter score for OSU; a Sooner shutout of a spread offense has been dreamland for the longest time.

In the previous three years, OU played six games in which the losing team scored at least 30 points. OSU played 15 such games.

Plus, the quarterbacks were old school.

State's J.W. Walsh threw for 135 yards and ran for 125. OU's Trevor Knight completed 39 percent of his passes, which is straight out of 1948; he rushed for 103 yards and passed for just 86.

So what did we see Saturday? A cosmic collision that shoved us off our axis? Or have we turned the battleship, and video-game football is in the rearview mirror?

Bob Stoops says for everybody to hold their horses.

“We haven't done anything dramatic,” Stoops said Saturday night. “Last year we had a lot of good (defensive) games early too, right?

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by Berry Tramel
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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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