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November 16, 2013

Hope is not lost, but worry is far from over



You want to salute Stoops for saying it’s never OK, because it isn’t. It’s not that you’re only as good as your last performance, but that you’re only as good as you’re next one. Also, you want to ask him if he’s even hearing himself.

Because while OU scored 45 unanswered points and ran the ball for more than 400 yards and picked up more than 500, almost all of it came after the half. 

If the Sooners “perform like this,” again, as Stoops said, they will lose to Kansas State and Bedlam, too, because if they repeat Saturday’s first half on future Saturdays against any worthwhile opponent, they’ll have dug too deep a hole to escape.

The coaches may have been on the recruiting trail during the open week before the Baylor game and again after it before preparing for Iowa State in earnest. But whether OU’s offensive braintrust had extra time to prepare or not, what’s undeniable is the fact this Sooner offense has played two consecutive games in which it has scored a grand total of three points before the half.

Further, it must be pointed out, nothing Josh Heupel, Jay Norvell, Cale Gundy, Bill Bedenbaugh nor Jay Boulware said or did Saturday managed to get the offense turned around until Jalen Saunders brought the punt back that made it 10-10 heading into the half.

Try as any offensive coach might have tried, or Stoops himself, nothing was working as long as Blake Bell played quarterback and it was only working a little better under Knight, until Saunders broke free. Had the senior receiver not, the Sooners might well have lost to the one-win Cyclones.

Even Heupel seemed to agree.

“The last week and a half hasn’t been easy around here when you go and play the way we played at Baylor,” he said. “Things didn’t go great early. I think (Saunders’) play ignited us.”

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