For the first time this season Bob Stoops had to face the media after a loss. Understanding that there is still a lot to play for and that the Big 12 championship is still up for grabs doesn't necessairly take the sting away from a disapointing loss at the hands of Colorado.
One of the most fascinating things about Oklahoma's loss was the fact that Malcolm Kelly had no receptions and no balls even thrown his way. Stoops was asked about the inability to get him the ball.
Of course there was also the fact that Stoops and the Sooners took a timeout into the locker room with them after the game. A timeout that, in my opinion, should have been used.
You won't find me question a coaching move by this staff very often but I have to say that Oklahoma's situation was much different than Florida's. There were around 25 seconds left on the clock after Colorado's third down play. If you burn the time out then you at least have enough time for a kick-off return and possibly a couple of plays.
Oh well, losing on a last second field goal was fitting considering the way Oklahoma's special teams played. Most obvious was Reggie Smith's muffed punt but there were other breakdowns as well from the special teams unit.
Was it a humbling loss for the Sooners? I agree with the coach that it should have been.
The Sooners must bounce back this week against the Longhorns! A loss at the Cotton Bowl would most surley mean the end of any hopes of a Big 12 championship and a BCS bowl birth. The bounce back starts with the mindset of quarterback Sam Bradford.
Everyone understands how big this game is and what is on the line in Dallas. Can the Sooners get focused on preparing for Texas?
Both teams come into the Red River Shootout struggling and while Coach Stoops had plenty to say about the Sooners struggles, he wasn't quite as willing to speak out about a Texas Longhorns team that has looked bad all season.
To be this game comes down to quarterback play. Can Sam Bradford return the Sooners offense to the form we saw the first four games of the season and can Colt McCoy stay healthy and stay off the ground? Austin is abuzz about back-up quarterback John Chiles and his potential for playing this weekend should McCoy stumble or just to give the Longhorn offense a different wrinkle. But would the offense be any different under Chiles?