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Closing the Door on the Longhorns

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Let me start by begging Sooner fans not to jump off the deep end over this loss! Oklahoma did some very good things in the Texas game and left the field with a lot to be encouraged about. There were some bad plays as well and far too many turnovers.

Please don't blame this loss on poor officiating or bad coaching. Plain and simple Oklahoma lost because Texas was the better team! Do you remember how much fun we made of the longhorns for their excuses during Oklahoma's five game winning streak? Let's not become like them and call it what it was, a loss to a better team.

Plays that Changed the Game
49 seconds left in the half and the score tied at 7. Facing a 3rd and 2 Adrian Peterson tripped in the backfield and fell to the ground untouched. This resulted in OU settling for a field goal and a 10-7 halftime lead instead of an opportunity to be up 14-7.

12:24 left in the 3rd quarter Oklahoma up 10-7. Colt McCoy checks off to Limas Sweed and then throws a perfect 33 yard touchdown pass giving Texas the lead and momentum. This would be the beginning of the end for the Sooners.

13:15 left in the game Texas leading 21-10. On 3rd and 13 Paul Thompson completes a 14 yard pass to Juaquin  Iglesias at the Texas 15 yard line. Iglesias fumbled on the tackle and the ball was recovered by Texas.

Things the Sooners can't do and win
Oklahoma committed 11 penalties for 72 yards. Most of them were illegal procedure or false start penalties and were drive killers.

Oklahoma had a total of five turnovers losing three of their six fumbles and two interceptions.

Both of these stats totally take away the 115 yard advantage Oklahoma had over Texas.

Things to be encouraged about and build on
Texas has a great defense and the Sooners moved the ball rather easily at times on them. Oklahoma accounted for 380 net yards of offense and Adrian Peterson became the first back to rush for over 100 yards on Texas gaining 109 yards on 25 carries.

There wasn't much of a difference between Texas' offensive and defensive lines and Oklahoma's. The Sooners only gave up two sacks to the Longhorns and sacked McCoy once. Oklahoma's defense also didn't allow Texas to have a 100 yard rusher.

Paul Thompson threw two interceptions but one of them was a desperation toss late in the game that really didn't matter. He passed for 209 yards completing 55.6% of his throws.

Bottom Line
The game is over and we as fans or the Sooner players and coaches can't do anything to go back and change that. This has to be a learning experience for this team and something they can use to make them hungrier and eventually a more experienced and better team.

Parting Shot
As I was taking my "Walk of Shame" out of the Cotton Bowl yesterday a drunken Texas fan (which is not hard to find in the Cotton Bowl) found it his prerogative to get in my face and scream, "I'm glad I'm not a Sooner fan!" I just calmly replied, "Yeah it would suck to be a fan of a team that has won seven national championships and has also won 5 of the last 7 games in this series." To that my new drunken friend stared at me for a minute and then told me to go, "#$@* off!"

I thanked him for proving my theory true that most Texas fans are arrogant idiots who have no class. I would also like to thank many of you Longhorn fans who have left your comments on this site proving that theory true as well. Frankly, that is why you and your state SUCK!