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Well that was fun wasn't it? If a rain delay is all it takes to derail this entire team, let alone the offense, then they were obviously never the team we thought they were. The offense was, in a word, inept. Ignore the final stats, they don't mean jack. The 536 yards couldn't mean less, Landry's 412 yards couldn't mean less. This team had their future in their own hands and they crapped themselves. They needed a super absorbent pair of Depends Saturday night and instead will be looking for a replacement pair of pants for Monday at the office.
To say they missed Dom Whaley would be a massive understatement. Roy Finch was forced into starting duty and showed why he cannot be an every down back. He finished with 13 carries (yeah, our starting RB had 13 carries) for 93 yards, but 55 of those yards came on one play. So if you do the math, that means he really had 12 carries for 38 yards or just over three yards per carry. Not to be out done though, Brennan Clay making his return from a mysterious injury tallied an incredibly underwhelming nine carries for 21 yards. The run game was non-existent and that's being kind outside of Finch's one big play in the opening drive. So that means for 59 of the 60 minutes of the game the OU offense was unable to run the ball successfully, hell even on a semi-regular consistent basis, against one of the worst rush defenses in the country for the entire night. Beyond pathetic.
Sure Landry threw for 400+ yards, but if you watched even a portion of this game you know that is an incredibly misleading stat. He was awful and the entire offense was just as bad. Landry was off the entire night and we saw Panic Landry on multiple occasions. When Landry misses his WRs, he is consistently high with his throws. He has shown poor footwork throughout his career and while it has rarely cost OU games in the past, he and the offense clearly played a huge role in this loss. The defense had one of their worst performances in the Stoops era, and believe me I'm incredibly glad I drew the offensive recap this week, but the offense certainly did their part as well.
The 500 yards of total offense for the Sooners might be the most misleading stat of all time. The offensive game plan was pathetic. Failing to get their key players involved early and often, or really at all to be honest.
This will go down as one of, if not the worst, losses in the history of Bob Stoops tenure as the head coach of Oklahoma. Give Texas Tech credit for playing incredibly well and absolutely dominating OU, but this was as much about OU laying the egg of all eggs. To lose to this Tech team at home and end this winning streak to that team is beyond inexcusable. If you're the program we think they are the we don't lose this game at home. On the road, maybe and that's even a stretch with this OU team compared to this Tech team.
Buh-bye #8, it was nice knowing you for a little while. Our season is now over. If you don't agree with that, please feel free to take out all your aggression on me in the comments. No one is more miserable than me, so if you need to vent please feel free to use me as your outlet. IMO, this season ended well before the final whistle Saturday night. It absolutely kills me, literally pains me to my core, to say we were exposed tonight, but that's how I see it. Our season is over, so how do we respond? At this point, after tonight, I have no reason to believe our coaches can get these guys ready to play for any game. The first half was the worst performance I've ever seen from an OU team (maybe any football team and any level) I've witnessed in my life. So to come out and look about as lethargic in the second half just shows how poorly our staff is at motivating this team.
We are screwed. It's that simple IMO. I don't expect you all to agree. Heck, I don't expect any of you to agree. At this point, I don't really care. This team hoodwinked me beyond comprehension. They fooled me into thinking they were MNC worthy and they proved tonight that was very much not the case.
Game over. Season over. I?