Loss to Texas may be the worst loss of the season
Christopher James, The Oklahoma Daily
A withdrawn Bob Stoops walked through the door and took a seat at the table in the front of the room.
With a microphone and bottle of water in front of him, the coach began to field questions about why and how his heavily favored Sooners were throttled by 16 points in Saturday’s Red River Rivalry.
It wasn’t a defunct game plan, the fault of one player or overconfidence — it was something much simpler than that.
“At the end of the day they played a lot better than we did,” Stoops said after the 36-20 loss.
And credit the Longhorns, because they did just that. Texas was the better team on the muggy afternoon, and the 92,000 plus that sweated it out could attest.
Coach Mack Brown’s squad overpowered OU in the trenches and exposed the flaws of a shaky Sooner offense. His squad outplayed and overmatched Oklahoma for the first time since 2009.
That’s right, the former beleaguered boys of Austin banded together to turn around what was a disappointing season into a 3-0 Big 12 start.
And in their wake, Oklahoma was dealt its first loss of the season, the senior class’ first loss to the Horns and Stoops’ most disappointing defeat to Texas.
In his 15th season as coach, Saturday marked the sixth time Stoops has fallen to the burnt orange. Not a bad ratio, but of all six losses, this one was the least expected.
This loss was the most crushing blow to the Sooners.
The crimson and cream rode into the Cotton Bowl with an unblemished 5-0 record and a No. 12 ranking. They had a win in South Bend, Ind. on their résumé, and the quarterback situation was solved.
Texas, on the other hand, was perhaps the most underachieving squad in the nation. Mack Brown had fire under his seat after BYU and Ole Miss had routed his compilation of top 10 recruiting classes.
The odds makers billed OU as two-touchdown favorites — a massive spread for a rivalry game.
All signs pointed to Oklahoma claiming its fourth straight Golden Hat. But the Longhorns snatched it right off their heads.
The Texas-sized beatdown now puts the Sooners out of national contention, and on the outside looking in at a possible Big 12 crown.
An unstable quarterback situation is back in Norman and the OU defense is banged up, to say the least.
And although it’s just one loss for the Sooners and there is still half a season left, it’s a bad one. But Stoops tried to remain positive.
After the game, he said he looked forward to the rest of the season and said his squad still has a lot of potential.
But then he stood up from the table and walked out the door looking as withdrawn as ever.