Nice To Be North of the Red

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:27 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Sep 25, 2010 11:41 PM CDT

It wasn&rsquo;t pretty Sooner fans, but would you rather be the Longhorns?&#160; </P>THE GOOD</P>Landry Jones.&#160; Sure, he made some mistakes and threw one interception, but he also made some big throws on third down in the first half to keep a couple of drives alive.&#160; Remember, he&rsquo;s just a sophomore.&#160; When he can make a few mistakes and still win, it&rsquo;s a blessing.</P>Jonathan Nelson and Pryce Macon.&#160; The Sooner secondary was beaten deep several times, but Nelson made two huge plays on defense that kept the Bearcats from putting points on the board.&#160; And Macon stripped UC quarterback Zach Collaros of the football with the Sooners clinging to a 2-point lead and the Bearcats with the ball in OU territory in the 4th. </P>1-0 on the road.&#160; OU was 2-5 away from Owen Field last season.</P>&#160;</P>THE BAD</P>The running game.&#160; 1.9 yards per carry?!&#160; Now, the Bearcats were not bad against the run going into the game.&#160; They were 31st in the country going into the game and allowing opponents right at 100 yards per game.&#160; The Sooners with DeMarco Murray netted only 82.&#160; </P>The Defense.&#160; The secondary was beaten deep on several occasions.&#160; A guy named Isiah Pead rushed for 169 yards.&#160; The Sooners managed 3 sacks against a team that had averaged being sacked 5 times per game.</P>The Penalties.&#160; 13 for 113 yards.&#160; That included an unsportsmanlike conduct against wide receivers coach Jay Norvelle.&#160; Now, the officials missed a no-doubt late hit against the Bearcats on OU&rsquo;s Trey Franks.&#160; Most of us would have come unglued at seeing that happen to our player as well.&#160; But unsportsmanlike against a coach is a no-no.&#160; &#160;&#160;</P>I know that a couple of the wins have felt like losses this season, but they&rsquo;re not.&#160; It&rsquo;s a 13-week playoff to win a national title and the Sooners are moving on.&#160; </P>&#160;</P><BR/>