That all came crashing down when the Sooners were dominated by the Texas Longhorns in the Red River Shootout Saturday, falling to their arch rival 36-20.
“When you make plays like that, or give up plays like that in these kinds of games it’s incredibly difficult to overcome,” Sooners head coach Bob Stoops told ESPN.com. “Obviously we weren’t able to do it. We didn’t have as many big plays as well to answer back. To their credit they limited those.”
The Sooners gave up touchdowns in almost every way imaginable in their loss to the Longhorns. The Longhorns scored on a pass, an interception and a punt return.
“They made the plays,” Stoops said. We didn’t. So you go on to the next game.”
Stoops and the Sooners no longer control their own destiny in the Big 12 and have to hope the Longhorns drop two conference games or they can force some sort of tie (likely a three-way tie0 that would rely on the BCS rankings, something the Sooners did when they lost to the Longhorns in 2008, but still managed to win the conference crown).
The Sooners will try to get back on the right track Saturday when they travel to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks at 3:30 pm EST.