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October 29, 2005

Horning: Still time to turn season around

Commentary

It’s true, you know.The more we watch this team, the less we really know.

The more we see, perhaps, the better we understand its capabilities, but the less we know about its ability to play up to them. As something becomes more certain, something else becomes less certain.

Round and round we go.

Bob Stoops says he’s enjoying his job more than ever. He must be a man who loves a mystery, because Mickey Spillane, Ross MacDonald and Dick Francis couldn’t make these Sooners any tougher to figure out.

So great a mystery, folks are beginning to see things that just aren’t there. Like how the Sooners have been rolling by opponents for two straight games.

It’s true Rhett Bomar and the boys found a spark against Kansas, yet it’s been conveniently forgotten it finally arrived in the fourth quarter. And it’s true the offense rolled up 299 yards the first 30 minutes against Baylor and it’s true, with Bomar’s passing and Jacob Gutierrez’s running, the Sooners achieved an offensive balance any team would be more than happy to duplicate. But the balance was in the numbers and not over the course of the game. Had there been any, OU would have scored more than three second-half points and the Bears would not have forced overtime.

Now that we’ve straightened out recent history, it can’t be denied there appears to be more there than was there before. And just imagine an offense that gets a full-strength Adrian Peterson 25 carries, a stopping and starting Gutierrez 10 or 15 carries, has a full-strength Travis Wilson to throw the ball to and a talented freshman quarterback who, building on a nice finish at Kansas and a nice start against the Bears, finally puts both together. That’s one doubly dangerous offense.

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