Monday, October 19, 2009

Fourth Quarter Failure Dooms Sooners

Dallas, TX--In what was being talked about as the last roadblock for the Sooners to win another national championship, the Red River Rivalry turned out to be just that, a roadblock. The game started out with Texas hitting on a big 48 yard touchdown pass from Sharrod Harris to B. Collins to put the Horns up by 7 (see below). Oklahoma followed up with an impressive drive of their own, killing about 4 minutes of clock as Mossis Madu caught a 14 yard strike from Sam Bradford to tie the game at 7.

The second quarter saw Texas take the lead and stretch it out a bit as they held the Sooners scoreless. The Horns hit on a 12 yard TD run from Vondrell McGee then on a 34 yard field goal as the second half expired. At the half, Texas 17, Oklahoma 7. The third quarter saw OU take the momentum as they outscored UT 14-7 on a TD reception by tight end Ethan Reese and a TD run by Jermie Calhoun from 1 yard out. At the end of the third, Texas still led by a score of 24-21.

The only Sooner lead of the game came at the 3:16 mark of the fourth quarter when OU scored on a Jameel Owens TD grab from Bradford from 9 yards out. OU goes up 28-24. This is when the "fourth quarter failure" began. On the ensuing kick off, Texas' M. Williams took the kick back 103 yards to give Texas the lead 31-28. The "MO" was back with Texas. The following Sooner drive saw Sam Bradford thrown with supreme accuracy all the way down the field. That was until Blake Gideon intercepted Bradford in the redzone and took it all the way back for a Texas touchdown. The Sooners were crushed. Texas leads 38-28 with about 1:20 left in the game. Oklahoma mounted a very fast scoring drive behind the arm of Bradford but it was not enough. Timeouts had been burned by the time Texas got the ball back. They kneeeled the game away and get out of the Cotton Bowl with the 38-35 victory.

The Players of the Game were: Texas' M. Williams with 6 catches for 131 yards and 1 TD plus his kick return for a touchdown. For OU it was Bradford who threw for 476 yards on 36-55 passing with 4 TD's and one INT. Oklahoma (3-2, 1-1) faces Iowa St. next week while Texas (5-1, 2-0) gets Baylor at home.

Game Notes:
On paper it'd appear the Sooners won the game but it was the 4th quarter INT for a TD and the kick return for a TD that ended the Sooners chance for a win. The 35-38 loss for OU was the same score as their other loss this season (Florida, 35-38).

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