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The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same - Oklahoma's Offense Disappears In Another Big Game

Ronald Martinez
"We're just talented, man. We're committed. I think that's all you can say about it. It's a very special team." -Baylor Quarterback Bryce Petty

Stop me if you've heard this before...Oklahoma plays in a huge game national and conference implications and then completely fails to produce an effective offensive game plan. Its becoming more and more of a common occurrence under offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and it begs the question of how much will finally be enough?

After Oklahoma's defense held Baylor to just three points through the first fifteen minutes of the game, the Bears put on a clinic the rest of the way by scoring 38 points over the final 45 minutes of the game. Meanwhile, the Sooner offense struggled to just find a play that would work. There's no way to sugarcoat this game experience, it was colossally bad. So bad, in fact, that it could very well go down as the worst offensive performance of the Bob Stoops era.

Let's give due credit to the Baylor defense because they absolutely deserve. The Bears were quicker, faster and stronger than their counterparts on the other side of the ball and they absolutely out coached Oklahoma's offense but that's becoming more common now days.

Oklahoma has problems on offense and everyone seems to acknowledge it except for the one's that matter most. The Sooners have a quarterback who is inconsistent and uncomfortable in the pocket and they've got a receiving corps that struggles, at times, with communication and route running. However, the biggest issue with the Oklahoma offense is a coordinator who doesn't seem to know what to do with the talent he's got.

The Belldozer has been played out since Oklahoma's loss in the Cotton Bowl at the end of last season. Yet four times we saw Bell run the ball on third or fourth and short and not once was it successful. I'm not at all a fan of playing multiple quarterbacks, especially if you're just going to waste downs like they did with Trevor Knight. That package could have been so much more but sadly it wasn't.

Josh Heupel has been great for the university as a player and as a quarterbacks coach but this game, above all else, proves that he's not the answer as an offensive coordinator. Nothing proved that more than the play calling Thursday night against Baylor. After struggling to move the ball for nearly three quarters the Sooners finally found success by running motion plays and some misdirection. The confusion is that it took almost 45 minutes for Heupel to use these type of plays and the frustration is that, after scoring the only touchdown of the night, he never went back to those plays. Why?

There's no point in grading out positions after this debacle of a performance. It was so bad that many of the current players Tweeted afterwards that they were embarrassed and sorry while former players were calling out coaches The Cali-Trio above is just a sampling of what was going on in the Twitter universe during and after the game .

While we feel the pain of having watched the game on television or attending it live, its nothing compared to the guys who are the participants in it unfolding. Especially when they go to practice on Sunday and have to hear about the next offensive game plan.