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College Football Musings from the Train: Bowl Game Edition


10) So about that whole “Oklahoma’s last win will be Iowa State” …

“What if I told you the greatest team in the history of modern sports was soundly beaten by a former football power from a weak conference …” 30 for 30 “The End of an Era” circa 2025.

In what one can only describe as the most awesome college football result in over a decade, the Oklahoma Sooners dismantled Superman 45-31 Thursday night in New Orleans. The same Oklahoma team that was trounced by average Texas and Baylor, thoroughly dominated what most believe was the best college football team / dynasty in the land from the 10 minutes mark of the first quarter until the last play of the game … save a few offensive missteps and missed tackles in between.

While the Sooners were outgained by 80 yards, and surrendered 500 yards of offense to the Crimson Tide, Alabama was clearly confused and disoriented by the offensive game plan of the new offensive coordinator (because there is no way in God’s green earth that fat man who called the Texas debacle called the plays during the Sugar Bowl) and the play of the front four of the Oklahoma defense. The Sooners’ offense was brilliant in the first half, combining max coverage and tight bunch formations with movement in the pocket and unseen accuracy by Trevor Knight. Mike Stoops realized after 30 minutes blitzing wasn’t the answer, allowing his front four led by Geneo Grissom and Erik Striker to pin back the ears and harass “the greatest player in the history of mankind” into 7 sacks, constant pressure, and two huge interceptions.

Setting aside the numbers, this was a historic win for Bob Stoops. Gone are the memories of losses to teams with equal or superior talent. Forgotten are the losses to LSU in 2003, USC in 2004, Florida in 2008, and last year’s Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M. The Saban demons. The SEC losses. The BCS embarrassments. Gone. This was (arguably) the second best win in the Bob Stoops era, and certainly the program’s biggest win in 13 years. Don’t believe me? Ask Joe Mixon, who committed to the Sooners on Saturday afternoon based largely on the win 48 hours earlier.

9) Trevor F’ing Knight

Just come the fuck on. So he’s been trolling OU fans since September, right?

The same mf’er who went 11 for 28 for under 100 yards against 6-6 ULM went all Peyton Manning on Nick Saban’s Alabama 5-star’ers. His line was 32 of 44, 348 yards, four touchdowns. Mind you, HE COMPLETED 47 PASSES AND THREW FOR 471 PASSING YARDS ALL SEASON. He only had one start with over 50% completion percentage before Thursday night. Trevor Knight brought back memories of Sam Bradford against North Texas … all the while shredding ALABAMA. Not Tulsa. Not West Virginia. The by God Crimson Tide of Alabama. The two time defending national champion Crimson Tide.

And because of that 60 minutes of good decisions and precision passing, the redshirt freshman from San Antonio’s life has changed forever. He is now the man projected to lead Oklahoma to it’s eighth national championship, if by no one else but me. He is the man expected to unseat Jordan Lynch and JFF as next year’s great dual threat quarterback, if Heupel allows it. And moreover, he is a celebrity. Which means his girlfriend is a celebrity. Which means those creepers at Busted Coverage are all over … her.

A friend of mine said to skip to picture #6. I would, but I am a God-fearing, church attending, Fallin voting Oklahoman. Fortunately, our editor is not and he’ll post it here:

College Football Musings from the Train: Bedlam Recap Edition


The Game

In what was likely the best Bedlam game in history, the Oklahoma Sooners improbably defeated the highly ranked and favored Oklahoma State Cowboys 33-24 on the frozen tundra of Boone Pickens Stadium. The Sooners were outgained by the Pokes 400 yards to 358, but scored twice on special teams and rode the unlikely Bedlam hero Blake Bell to a last-minute victory. Bell was one of three quarterbacks used by Oklahoma in the game, with starter Trevor Knight sustaining a dislocated shoulder to his non-throwing … shoulder … late in the first half. And with Kendal Thompson being largely ineffective, likely due to the ridiculous manner in which he was used, Blake Bell stepped up and led the Sooners’ to victory, culminating with a seven yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds left in the game.

College Football Musings from the Train: Thanksgiving, Bedlam, and the Undressing of Baylor


10) Oklahoma/Kansas State

Yeah, piss off OSU fan, I am not starting with your beat down of Baylor because Bedlam is coming up and eff you.

So … about that Iowa State game being OU’s last win …

College Football Musings from the Train: Oklahoma State is Good, Oklahoma is Whatever


10) Oklahoma State hammers Texas

Oklahoma State trounced Texas Saturday afternoon 38-13 in workman-like fashion. Despite running 24 less plays, and despite not having it’s best playmaker, the total yards amassed by OSU nearly mirrored that gained by Texas, which goes to show that the offense is an efficient, if not spectacular aspect of this OSU team. Which is all Gundy needs from his offense, as this defense continues to make big play after big play.

Leading 21-10 in the final minute of the first half, Case McCoy attempted a pass he physically cannot complete, and was intercepted by Justin Gilbert, who took the pick to the house, effectively ending the game. Gilbert’s oskie was one of three given up by McCoy on the evening. And even without the turnovers, OSU played well on defense, allowing 3.4 yards a carry to a team that has enjoyed significant success running the ball since the end of September.

It seems like I say this every week, but the country going find out how good this veteran defense really is in five days.

College Football Musings from the Train: Oklahoma State Rolls



For the depressing first half of this post, where I talk about the violation of the University of Oklahoma, click here.

5) Oklahoma State hammers Kansas in an ugly manner

When you play the conference cellar dweller at home, and you put up 359 yards of total offense, and you allow your opponent to have the ball 15 minutes longer than you, and barely complete 50% of your pass attempts, yet win 42-6, your fans roll their eyes, shrug their shoulders, and curse paying a dime for having to watch that boorish game.