When the Oklahoma Sooners misplaced 49-0 to the Texas Longhorns within the Red River Showdown, I mentioned it could not get any worse. I used to be mistaken.
The Sooners are formally at all-time low.
OU performed a totally loaded Longhorns offense with out Dillon Gabriel at quarterback. There was an excuse for shedding to Texas. The Longhorns do quite a lot of issues very nicely on the soccer area.
The West Virginia Mountaineers do not.
They had been the worst staff within the Big 12. Dillon Gabriel and offense had been wholesome. There is not any excuse for shedding this recreation. West Virginia competed and allowed 276 yards per recreation, 118th within the nation. Gabriel solely mustered 190 yards.
Oklahoma’s offense was Eric Gray and an enormous play off the passing assault. But even Gray’s 211-yard rush wasn’t sufficient to win in opposition to the Mountaineers. It was the eighth time in program history that the Sooners had lost a game by which a participant ran greater than 200 yards. And that is solely the third time since 2000.
Oklahoma was 1 of 11 in third in opposition to a so-so protection. That, and the protection’s incapacity to cease West Virginia in fourth, sunk the Sooners.
On protection, they obtained the issues that had plagued them in opposition to Kansas State and TCU once more when Garrett Greene uncovered Oklahoma’s incapacity to cease quarterback run play. Greene accomplished just a few passes, but it surely was his efforts on the bottom that made the sport for West Virginia. Greene ran for 100 yards in simply over half the work for the Mountaineers.
At some level we have now to cease speaking about how Lincoln Riley undermined this program. The Sooners have but to win these soccer video games. Even with Brent Venables having all of their recruits within the constructing, that is nonetheless soccer. Someone will get harm. Someone could have a break day. Things won’t ever be excellent. Sometimes there’s simply adversity for the Sooners to deal with.
The Sooners had sufficient to do to carry down a three-win West Virginia staff. The Mountaineers are usually not a very good soccer staff.
I’m not hitting the panic button on hiring the Venables. It’s yr one. If these points are nonetheless there subsequent yr, then we are able to have this dialog. Until then, the Sooners want to put together for Bedlam, make it to a bowl recreation and maintain the recruit class collectively.
Stay the course, Coach Venables.
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