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November 7, 2013

Offense’s ineptness glaring in Sooner loss

WACO, Texas — The game may have been over anyway, so it was probably just one more meaningless offensive series for Oklahoma, simply trying to make it interesting as the fourth quarter began, trailing by 22 points and facing second-and-4 at the Baylor 23-yard line.

Sooner quarterback Blake Bell tossed incomplete to Brannon Green, then ran for a yard, then tossed incomplete to a well-covered Jalen Saunders, even though Roy Finch was wide open along the right boundary.

It probably didn’t matter, but who knows? A two-touchdown game with a lot of time left is still a two-touchdown game with a lot of time left.

Instead, it was just another example of OU’s tortured offense. Of course, there were others in what became an embarrassing 41-12 defeat.

Facing third-and-8 at the Baylor 45, late in the first quarter, Bell found Sterling Shepard for what would have been a first-down completion only it was ruled incomplete when K.J. Morton put a shoulder into Shepard’s head. 

Morton was momentarily ejected for targeting before replay allowed him to remain, but Bear defender Ahmad Dixon was so upset about it all, he drew two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, setting OU up first-and-goal at the 7.

The Sooners had two chances from inside the 2-yard line before giving up the ball on downs.

The biggest of the bunch may have come in the middle. Remembering the moment, Bob Stoops said something you may never again hear a football coach say.

“With four minutes to go,” he said, “it’s a 10-5 game.”

OU had the ball facing fourth-and-5 at the Baylor 41-yard line. Rather than go for it, Jed Barnett punted and stuck the Bears back at their own 7. 

Baylor needed nine plays to go 93 yards and make it 17-5, and when OU responded by trying to turn the last 60 seconds of the half into points, Bell was picked off by Eddie Lackey. 

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