Originally Published: Nov 6, 2010 10:10 PM CDT
What were the two issues coming in to the game that worried Sooner fans? Fourth quarter play and winning on the road. Well, it came down to that again. And once again the Sooners fail.
When James Hannah dropped a perfectly thrown fake field goal pass from John Nimmo in the end zone that would have giving OU the lead, the momentum immediately switched from crimson to maroon. OU is proving critics right in not responding to adversity. The Aggies scored on their next two possessions to make it 33-17 and for all intents and purposes, the game was over.
Incredibly, A/M stuffed OU on two possessions inside the one yard linethe last with 4 minutes to play that officially put an end to the nightmarish night. To add insult to injury, the same thing happened on OU’s final possession. A late TD would have at least given the Sooners a chance at a win. A successful onsides kick and a TD and extra point would have tied. A successful two-point attempt would have won.
The play of the offensive line was not good enough to beat a good team on the road. The play-calling will be met with a lot of criticism as it was one handoff after another after another on both possessions.
Nebraska was fortunate to get out of Ames today with a win. If they’d lost, the Big 3 of the Big 12 would’ve all fallen. Nonetheless, today is validation that things have changed in this conference. And from OU’s standpoint that’s not good at all.
Still on the docket are road trips to Waco and Stillwater. And unless Joe Castiglione can successfully petition to end games after three quarters, those games will be hard to win.
Words that came to mind after one of the worst performances from a good OU team in memory: Unprepared. Lethargic. Sloppy. Lucky. Predictable.
Heading back home. See you on the Blitz. Dont look for good grades for this bunch--unless were grading the third quarter performance only.