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:
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.
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.
10) Oklahoma State rolls
In what was easily its best performance of the year, Oklahoma State raced out to a 21-0 lead, then ended all doubt before the fourth quarter started in a resounding 52-34 win against reeling Texas Tech in Lubbock Saturday evening. Oklahoma State was outgained by Tech, but that differential is a bit skewed as the Red Raiders were playing catch up all night after the Pokes blitzkrieged Tech in the first quarter. In fact, Tech was forced to throw the ball 71 times while the Cowboys did what they should do the rest of the season – run the ball 55 times for 281 yards while throwing the ball only when they needed to (save a few idiotic pass calls late in the 3rd and early in the 4th).
How did this team lose at West Virginia, Thayer Evans? The same West Virginia that tried its damnedest to turn a sure win into a loss against the hapless TCU Horned Frogs. If not for that epic meltdown in Morgantown, OSU would be an undefeated top 10 team.
The memories of that game, though, are beginning to fade. OSU’s two game run of crap against West Virginia and Kansas State seems like a season ago as the Pokes have now run off three consecutive quality games, and play the porous Kansas Jayhawks this weekend. Oklahoma State does end the season at Texas and hosting both Baylor and Oklahoma. But the way the offense is being run and the defense is playing, there is reason to believe this OSU team could run the table and win another conference championship.
9) Welcome to 2013, Clint Chelf
In what was his best game (which frankly isn’t saying much), Chelf finally looked comfortable throwing the forward pass in what was supposed to be his biggest challenge to date. Chelf was efficient ,well, efficient for Clint Chelf. He completed 18 of 34 passes for two touchdowns. The pass plays were well designed for Chelf, generally playing off the fantastic run game. Play action. Two reads. Easy routes in the middle of the field.
It wasn’t a perfect day – Chelf threw two interceptions. But I blame the play calls, particularly the last pick, as much as I blame Chelf. When you are gashing your opponent on the ground between the tackles, don’t get all cute and throw a couple of pass plays in there. Just run the ball, especially when you don’t have Dan Marino or even Dan Threlkeld throwing the ball. Chelf needs a solid run game, a few quarterback draws, and easy passes to be successful. For the most part, the coaches complied Saturday evening and Chelf responded.
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