Sunday, December 4, 2011

No. 13 Sooners blown out 44-10 by No. 3 Cowboys


— With a chance to lead No. 13 Oklahoma to another Big 12 championship, Landry Jones couldn't find a way to dig the Sooners out of big first-half deficit for a second straight year.

Instead, the mistakes kept piling up.

Jones was responsible for four of Oklahoma's five turnovers, including two fumbles that directly led to touchdowns, and No. 13 Oklahoma State routed the Sooners 44-10 Saturday night to win its first Big 12 title.

"You can't put it on anyone but me tonight," said Jones, who finished with 250 yards passing, two interceptions and no touchdowns.

"I singlehandedly lost this game for us. That's just the way it is. I had the ball in my hands and coach put the ball in my hands to win the game, and I lost it for us."

Just a year earlier, Jones had rallied Oklahoma from a 17-0 first-half deficit to beat Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game. This time, he came out from halftime and committed another costly mistake.

Jones dropped back to pass but the ball came squirting out of his hands. Richetti Jones bobbled it and then corralled it for a 5-yard score that extended Oklahoma State's lead to 34-3 early in the third quarter.

Jones also fumbled while getting sacked by Alex Elkins in the second quarter, and Jamie Blatnick returned it to the 1-yard line to set up the first of Joseph Randle's two touchdown runs.

"It happens. Young guys make mistakes, but old guys make mistakes," Jones said. "We're a team. We win as a team, and this is a team sport. I didn't play well enough to put our team in a good enough position to give us some opportunities."

Randle ran for 151 yards as the Cowboys (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) snapped an eight-game losing streak in the Bedlam rivalry and won their first outright conference title since 1948 in the three-team Missouri Valley. In the process, they made a case to play for the national championship, too.

Fans started chanting "L-S-U!" midway through the fourth quarter with the victory well in hand, then stormed the field and tore down the goal posts when it was over.

The top-ranked Tigers could be next up for the Pokes, but only with a boost in the BCS standings due out Sunday night.

"If that's the way it works out, absolutely. We took care of what we could take care of," said quarterback Brandon Weeden, who threw for 217 yards with no scores and no picks. "We had to worry about us and control what we could control, and if we were able to do that, we were conference champs."

While the top-ranked Tigers won the SEC championship Saturday to lock up a spot in the BCS title game, No. 2 Alabama sat at home idle after finishing second in its division. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, proved itself the best team in its state and its conference. But it's up to the voters, who had the Cowboys fifth in the coaches' poll and Harris poll, to decide whether Oklahoma State will play for the highest stakes.

Gundy proclaimed earlier this week that he considered the Crimson Tide to be the second-best team in the nation "right now" — maybe because that's what he thought his team needed to hear that to get fired up and prove him wrong.

"Last week, I said Alabama should be there," Gundy said on the field after the game. "There's no question Oklahoma State should be No. 2 right now. No question."

The Cowboys won over at least one voter: Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he'd put them at No. 2 on his ballot.

"I'm sure they're going to have some great opportunities from here," Stoops said. "I don't know what will happen."

For most of the 107 years of the Bedlam rivalry, the Sooners had the better team and more on the line.

But each of the past two years, Oklahoma came in with a lower ranking and still found a way to derail a couple of the best teams in Oklahoma State history — first dashing any hopes of a BCS at-large berth two years ago and then taking away the Cowboys' shot at the Big 12 championship last season.

With all that history on their side, the Sooners came out looking to intimidate.

After coming onto the field, players ran into the west end zone for a pregame prayer and then lingered after it was over — right outside the gate where the Cowboys were getting ready to run out. Coaches, game officials and security officers made them get out of the way.

The Sooners couldn't back up the pregame bluster, though.

Weeden's 53-yard pass to Tracy Moore set up Jeremy Smith's 9-yard touchdown run, and the Cowboys defense — which entered the game ranked 107th out of 120 teams in the nation — never needed any more than that.

Brodrick Brown outfought Jaz Reynolds to pick off Jones' pass in the end zone and prevent an Oklahoma score, setting the tone for a dominant defensive effort.

"When we came out, we were all fired up," defensive end Frank Alexander said. "But a couple bad plays happened and we lost our edge, I guess."

With a win, Oklahoma would have won a three-way tiebreaker with Oklahoma State and Kansas State for the Big 12 title and the conference's automatic BCS bid.

"They obviously don't need to be worrying about sharing the trophy with anybody," Stoops said. "They played an excellent game and deserved and won a big game."

The Sooners got their only points on Michael Hunnicutt's 48-yard field goal at the end of the first half and Blake Bell's 28-yard TD scamper with 2:25 left in the game.

"It was a bad game all around," fullback Trey Millard said. "We got beat everywhere."


ljmhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

if OSU doesn't play for the title then that just shows how bias the BCS is.

bradh 10 years, 6 months ago

Gee, you think the BCS is biased? A SEC member loses and drops a place or two in the polls. Any other conference loses and drops 3-6 spots. They've even taken two loss SEC teams over other conferences one loss teams. It's good to be in the SEC.

Who wants to see a repeat of a game already played this year? Guess we will though.

minnhawk84 10 years, 6 months ago

whoa, I don't think OSU would look very good against LSU in the national title game. 107th in defense?

trout984bum 10 years, 6 months ago

They have one of the highest turnover ratios in the country though. They're 107th in yards given up but they always create turnovers.

AzNHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

I was scratching my head and saying "Huh?" too when I found out that Okie St. is ranked 107th in total defense. That just doesnt seem that great.

It seems like their high scoring offense does a good job covering that up or something. And after watching the OU game last night I was still surprised that the 107th ranked defense held OU to 10 points.

Okie st is a pretty darn good team. They hung 70 pts on us, 50 some on T.Tech and 44 on OU. No further explanation about their offense.

I hear it alot, offense wins games, defense wins championships. LSU is as good as it gets. I saw the LSU-GA game. The whole team is great. If Okie st makes it against LSU I predict that the LSU defense will clamp down on the high powered Okie st. offense.

LSU has great defensive speed that can cover wide receivers to stop the pass and a great line up front to stop the run.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 6 months ago

Gundy said it best after the game: "Do they (BCS) want to see a 9-6 game or a high scoring game?"

I for one, would like the latter. OSU belongs in the title game. End of story.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 6 months ago

Remember when I told you to not feed your kids for a week and place tha money on Osu as a long shot for a national championship??? There's still a chance.

Robert Brock 10 years, 6 months ago

It' going to be LSU v. Alabama in the logical rematch. This time Alabama wins.

Dan Harris 10 years, 6 months ago

Then what? Play again to see who the real champion is? The BCS is a totally bogus championship without some kind of playoff!

trout984bum 10 years, 6 months ago

Still want Brent Venables as the new HC after that defensive display?

AzNHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

I wondered this too. I can only imagine that the sooner fans aren't happy with the Venables defense. I wonder if they're crying for Mark/Mike Stoops (which ever brother it was that was the former DC) to replace Venables

Mike Kendall 10 years, 6 months ago

Uh, no. I got a little egg on my face but it happens. Like Sumlin, Venables stock went down in a hurry.

Randy Bombardier 10 years, 6 months ago

I had to vent somewhere. After the frinkin SEC steals two of our conference members, then they get to host an inter-divisional playoff for the NC game? Are you kidding me? Georgia was probably told, "Sit, bulldog, sit" by the commish so that they could get this coup. This is a joke and shows why the idea of superconferences are a bad idea. This is just the beginning of leaving out more and more schools. Alabama had their shot. The Pokes got screwed. BCS litigation comming soon I imagine.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, did you see the Alabama coach, Lou Saban's reaction. "It is what it is," referring to the BCS. To me, he was pretty cocky about the whole deal. But hey, I am probably prejudice. I wanted the Cowpokes to play LSU. Let's face it---drop the "C" in "BCS," and what do you have? Yep, took the word right out of my mouth. LSU & Alabama again---uhhhhhhhh! I hope there's a good college basketball game on at the same time.

Steve Brown 10 years, 6 months ago

Okie St. Not getting any votes in Boulder, Lincoln or Columbia nor College Station....hope the B12 folks that designed our new Texas league are happy witH less BCS votes this is beginning of new trend. I didn't want Nebraska v. Oklahoma rematch years ago and would prefer only one team from SEC in this title game. Cowboys should have a Standford chip in their shoulder, crimson Tide will be no. 1 and LSU 2 ND.

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