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October 28, 2012

Against Sooners, Irish have what it takes, again

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NORMAN — In 2000, the Sooners were like that. They were like that against Oklahoma State (12-7), Kansas State (27-24) and Florida State (13-2) down the national championship stretch. They’d quit being scary, but they never quit winning.

Maybe that’s the Irish this season.

We’ll wait for them to lose all season, because rare is the day they put anybody away early, their margin for error is thin, they can’t keep doing it like this forever.

Unless they can.

Saturday, it looked like they might.

Josh Heupel is about to get skewered on the radio. The Sooner co-offensive coordinator and play-caller just didn’t have the touch.

He’d have everything going OU’s way and then he’d run it into the line on first down for no gain, or on second down for no gain after a first-down incompletion. He’d have the Irish defense on the run, and then he’d give all the momentum back. He’d had three good weeks, but he needed to be better against the nation’s fifth-ranked team.

And then, when OU finally found the end zone, when Blake Bell powered in from a yard out, tying it 13-13, the Irish responded with a 50-yard strike two plays later, Everett Golson to Chris Brown, and a 1-yard touchdown dive from Golson five plays after that.

Like it didn’t matter what Heupel might have done, because the Irish were just going to make all the plays. It’s what they do, you know, especially when sharing the stadium with OU, and maybe, this season, against everybody.

It was OU’s defensive coordinator with the best line of the night.

“In these two losses, we just didn’t play good enough against good football teams,” Mike Stoops said.

Probably, he was only talking about his unit, one that’s given up 31 fourth-quarter points in two Sooner downfalls. But it cuts both ways.

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