Tuesday, October 4
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Here’s a look back on the Oklahoma Sooners 2005 season so far.
Despite getting destroyed by USC in last year’s Orange Bowl, 99-12,
Now it should be noted that TCU was coming off an incredible 5-6 season in 2004 and was everyone’s pick to crash the BCS in 2005, so the fact that the mighty Horned Frogs and their purple uniforms made Norman their own lily pad on Sept. 3 really shouldn’t have shocked the college football would the way it did. It’s not like TCU lost to SMU the next week or anything … OU fell to No. 18 in the AP poll following this inspiring performance.
OU quarterback Paul Thompson played so well against TCU in his first career start that he was benched late in the game for redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar, who subsequently fumbled and allowed TCU to drive for the game-winning touchdown.
Still, Thompson’s performance led to Bomar, who never even led his high school team at
Sophomore running back Adrian Peterson, who spurned
The next week, OU made it’s first and only trip to the Rose Bowl this season for a matchup with unranked UCLA. OU actually hung around for half of the game before folding in the second half of a 41-24 UCLA victory. Oddsmakers knew this was coming, as they made OU an underdog for the first time in three years. Chris Fowler said on ESPN Gameday that he had never seen Vegas turn on a team so fast. And with that, the Sooners said adios to the Top 25. Bomar managed not to throw any interceptions, deciding instead to fumble the ball four times. Peterson continued his anti-Heisman campaign by rushing for 58 yards.
Last week, OU returned home and managed to keep its hopes for a bowl alive by defeating
Here’s what we’ve learned about OU through four games this season: The departure of an incredible 11 players chosen in last year’s NFL Draft has left the team a shell of what it was, it’s best player is hobbled by injury, and a freshman QB is the best option the Sooners have to lead their offense. The OU defense is an acceptable No. 32 in the nation, but with an offense that is No. 95, there’s little to no margin for error.
At least OU fans won’t have to sit through a third consecutive loss in the national title game this season. The only way anyone from
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