Loved our uptempo game. Finally passing to Alex Ross though not the way I wanted. Fans just leaving in quiet resignation, we know you can’t make the mistakes we did and win. It’s that those mistakes did happen! strange day. A very strange day, so a strange song.
We, the Sooner fans, just left the stadium quiet and depressed. We’re not stupid you can’t miss two short field goals, have an extra point blocked and expect to win a close game.
But two chip shot missed field goals and a blocked extra point from Oklahoma’s great kicker and all time scoring leader? Did he our the holder have a brain injury? Was something up? Extortion on he or the holder? The holder putting just a little more downward pressure on the football than he is supposed to do can really mess things up.
When I said “how not to lose to Texas don’t throw an interception for a touchdown” I think all my readers that was sarcastic as in that is a good way to not lose all games
I was proud of Trevor Knight after that horrible ridiculous play that made no sense on the INT for a TD. He didn’t let it get him down came back and played really well. If Josh Heupel called that play, he has some stadium steps to run (but Trevor should never have thrown it.
The offense alboo wants. Uptempo creating mismatches, using alignments and plays that completely bewilder the defense. First, pass to blocking fullback, Aaron Ripkowski, defense doesn’t expect. Then VERY uptempo, play blows UT’s mind, Ripkowski to the opposite sideline as our wide out receiver. Defense confused, so uptempo Texas doesn’t even have their players lined up.
I’d be going uptempo with a couple of them making the K-State defensive backs run wind sprints on deep routes. That will tire you out faster than the downhill running game will. Do a couple of 50 yard sprints on 1st and second down then on 3rd you send Alex Ross deep
The zone read play worked a couple of times against Charles Tapper on Saturday. Charles is number 91 in the middle and he takes the running back and the qb keeps it and goes in for a touchdown. I expect Kansas State to try it on him. The kids a great player and athlete. I think we’ll have him coached up on it; its the other defenders that have to not get blocked. If you don’t know the zone read play is where the offense intentionally picks out a defender not to block, the play itself acts as a blocker so you have that going for you right there. The unblocked defender has his choice to take the player with the ball or the other running back who the ball carrier has the option of handing off to or pitching the ball to. To defeat the play you don’t commit as long as possible until another defender gets there; you string the play out. Now Eric Striker was taken advantage of, no fault of his own, by this play a couple of times in the past two weeks, because there wasn’t a second defender to take out the other ball carrier. It was two against one. Eventually he managed against Texas to defeat this play by himself, that takes serious discipline and a great athlete.
193 to 174, Oklahoma out gained Texas in the 2nd half in offensive yards.*
This statistic, for me, means very much in understanding our miraculous win over Texas.
When one looks at Total yardage it seems “How Could Oklahoma have won?” Texas offensive output for the entire game was more than twice ours, 482 for the Longhorns to us Sooners 464.
*I realize the graphics in this post are probably considered ground breaking and controversial. Perhaps so much they will be initially misunderstood and derided akin to to the reaction to John Coltrane’s “Ascension.”