Claremore Daily Progress

Sports Columnists

October 14, 2012

COLUMN: Could this be a new Red October dawn?

DALLAS — Landry Jones must have said it three times in about 5 minutes. He might have said it a dozen times in all.

“If we play like we’re capable of playing …”

It was the way he began several sentences. But think about it.

How can he know?

How can he know what this Oklahoma team is really capable of? How can anybody know?

Little more than a week ago, the Sooners looking the way they looked against Texas Tech appeared inconceivable. Then, as good as that went, leaping from that to what happened Saturday afternoon at the Cotton Bowl was equally impossible.

Yet there it was.

Oklahoma 63, Texas 21.

The Sooners dominant in a way nobody could have predicted. Texas lackluster in a way it has only ever been against OU in 2000, 2003, last season and again.

For a second straight week, the Sooner offense grew by leaps and bounds. For the third straight game the Sooner defense proved its ability to impose its will and for the second straight game, it proved it could impose it long after the result was decided.

In the now 14-year Bob Stoops era, we haven’t experienced anything this out-of-nowhere since Red October, 2000, when OU topped Texas, Kansas State and Nebraska back-to-back-to-back to leap atop the polls and fuel a national championship drive.

The familiarity is undeniable. A 21-point victory over until-then unbeaten Texas Tech, what happened at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, with Kansas and No. 7 Notre Dame both on their way to Owen Field before November arrives.

OU’s whitewash of burnt orange was crushingly complete.

The Sooners put together three scoring drives of 10 or more plays on a day they possessed the ball almost 15 minutes longer than the Longhorns and broke the series record for longest run from scrimmage (Damien Williams’ 95-yard cut-and-dart in the first quarter) and longest pass (Trey Millard’s 73-yard catch, hurdle and run in the second quarter).

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  • COLUMN: Michael Sam bravely comes out. Now what?

    Michael Sam could've taken the - well, not the easy, but certainly the easier - way out by staying mum on his sexual orientation, at least until after the NFL draft.
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  • COLUMN: Sherman wins the games, then loses his mind

    The bookies in Vegas reported a rare split picking the early favorite for the Super Bowl. At least there's no question about who's going to steal the show.
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  • COLUMN: Petrino says he's changed; yeah, right

    Bobby Petrino insists he's a changed man.
    Not the scoundrel who secretly interviewed for someone else's coaching job without telling his bosses, who abandoned the Atlanta Falcons with three games left in the season, who wrecked his motorcycle with his mistress aboard and lied about the sordid affair as long as he could.
    We're supposed to believe he's not that guy anymore.
    Yeah, right.

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  • COLUMN: A nation grieves and the NFL plays on

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    November 24, 2013

  • COLUMN: Fitting ending in cards for final BCS

    The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.
    Come next season, the path to the national championship will go through two playoff games, and a blue ribbon panel will pick the lucky participants. It's hardly a perfect system because invariably some worthy school will get left out, but it is a major step toward deciding the title mostly on the field instead of inside somebody's basement computer.

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  • COLUMN: Hard to imagine another chance for Tebow

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  • COLUMN: Time for baseball to really clean up act

    Of all those penalized in baseball's biggest doping scandal, at least Nelson Cruz had a good story to tell.
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  • COLUMN: Bruins stir OKC hockey memories

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  • COLUMN: Perfect ending to OU's championship run

    Really, that’s about right.

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