NORMAN — Here’s what the story could have been and should have been Saturday night at Owen Field.
It could have been how this was a fine and solid win for Oklahoma. It could have been about how, even as a three-touchdown favorite, there’s nothing wrong with knocking Baylor off 42-34.
Never mind that the Bears could have recovered an onside kick with a minute and change to play, found a way to score eight more points and tied the game. Don’t worry about that because the lesson of the day was that victory, in any conditions and by any margin, can make all the difference in the world.
That was the story in Tuscaloosa, where Alabama coach Nick Saban would happily have taken any win at all over Texas A&M, and that should have been the story here, after OU won a game tighter than anybody thought it might, even with another two-play touchdown drive right before the half, when Landry Jones found Justin Brown from 35 yards, right after Baylor had made it a 21-17 game.
That’s the way it goes when you give up 252 yards on the ground and four touchdown drives of at least eight plays and at least 71 yards. Especially when you lose a fumble and get picked off while the other team suffers neither.
It could have been the story and should have been the story.
The season is long. Winning a conference game against a dangerous opponent deep into any campaign is never easy and OU did exactly that, and that means never having to say you’re sorry.
Instead, the story had to change, leaving us to ponder what got Bob Stoops’ goat and why he can’t get his story straight with OU defensive coordinator and younger brother Mike Stoops.