So here we are, OU fans. It's the night after a disappointing loss. You know the mix of feelings that comes with it by now all too well. Usually after one of these games, I go to my computer and vent about all the things done wrong. But as I was enjoying the last of my moscato and watching the clock wind down, I couldn't put my finger on a lot of mistakes that were made. What stood out most to me was the play calling. Sure, there was the huge play we gave up on defense early in first quarter, but besides that, our defense did a pretty good job of holding Notre Dame to field goals when it mattered. This is what confuses me about the play calling: the uptempo, no-huddle offense seems to work well against defenses that aren't used to seeing it on a weekly basis. When OU ran the offense uptempo, they had Notre Dame on their heels and moved easily down field. If a girl that has no coaching experience, such as myself, make the observation that slowing down the tempo disrupts rhythm, why can't offensive coordinators see the same thing? OU's offense seems to work best when they stick to running it a certain way. Execution was off at times, but honestly, I feel like the players were prepared and put forth their best effort. Notre Dame is much better than I gave them credit for, possibly even good enough to jump Oregon in some polls. The bright side (if there is one) for OU is that their performance overall wasn't that terrible. Also, this wasn't a Big XII game, though after watching Kansas State dominate the last few weeks, I doubt it'll matter much in terms of a conference title. There is certainly room for improvement with play calling and execution, but I feel OU's defense met the challenge presented to them by a great Notre Dame team. I have no doubt that they'll rebound next week and improve as the season progresses.