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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, Oklahoma opened the season ranked No. 7 in the nation. Hopes (and meth heads) were high in Norman, as the Sooners began the season with a home game against TCU. Then everything came crashing down as TCU claimed a 17-10 victory.

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 Grand Prairie to the state playoffs, being named the starter for OU’s game the next week against mighty Tulsa. The OU coaching staff showed considerable trust in Bomar by allowing him to throw 13 times in the first half as the Sooners built a 7-6 halftime lead. In the second half, Bomar continued to impress as Oklahoma ran the football on literally every single play. This brilliant strategy by OU coach Bob Stoops surprisingly did not allow OU to pull away, as Tulsa was a failed two-point conversion from tying the game with 9 minutes remaining.

Sophomore running back Adrian Peterson, who spurned Texas for Oklahoma because he said he wanted to win championships, saved the day for the Sooners with a late touchdown run on a fourth down with three minutes remaining and his team ahead by only two points. OU tacked on a meaningless interception return for a touchdown in the final seconds for a deceiving 31-15 final score. Voters took notice and dropped OU to No. 21.

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 Kansas State, 43-21. Peterson played barely into the second quarter before leaving with an injury, ensuring the Sooners at least one built-in excuse for their game this week against Texas. AP voters weren’t impressed with the victory, though, as the Sooners failed to crack the “others receiving votes” category.

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 Oklahoma will see the Rose Bowl again is if someone from Texas sends them a postcard in January.

--TR--


Comments:
Only one word can really describe this article... Brilliant!
 
Hiliarious article. Good job. Hook 'em, Beat OU!
 
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