The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
Oct. 29, 2001
Huge win for Frank and 7. It seemed to me that Oklahoma didn't think they could
lose. The crowd was a big advantage and getting two turnovers was the
difference in the game. But I was wrong, after seeing the teams in person.
We have the better team and should win if there is a rematch. We did not
play our best game. 7 didn't have a great game, but he had a great play.
Stuntz made a perfect throw on his first pass of the season. Remarkable.
Bohl was creative -- the 3-3-5 alignment was confusing for them. Kelsay had a
big game, but the real pressure came up the middle from Bingham and Clanton.
They were both impressive. The holding in the fourth quarter was embarrassing
for the officials. I don't complain about officiating, but 114 pass attempts
in two weeks with no holds is horrible. They were grabbing our jerseys as we
ran by them. Burrow made a number of solid tackles, particularly on QB
draws. Overall our tackling on their short passes was much better than last
year and it really took away a lot of their offense. Swiney still has a
target on his back and is in my opinion our fifth-best corner. Ricketts played
a great game. He is a terrific cover guy. To me the keys to our defense
was a good scheme with blitzes from many angles, combined with other than
Swiney great secondary play and especially in the fourth quarter a good push up
the middle. I was surprised that they dropped so many passes. Their QBs
were less accurate than I thought they'd be. Overall their O wasn't what it's been cracked up to be.
On the other hand their D was amazing. The hitting and the team speed were
impressive. But we could hit them in the face and move them. The Maryland I and the play-action passing worked. Anything with a delay was dead, and
the option was difficult against the speed. Putting Ringenberg in the slot
on the illegal formation worked for a completion and would have been a TD
if 7 had seen the wide-open Thomas. I would have used the illegal
formation more and I believe that we will have to in a rematch. We need
to move the ball more consistently. Wistrom got open on one leg and 7
should have hit him on the third and two in the third quarter. He was wide open
on another play and 7 missed him. It is impressive that we won even though
7 didn't play a great game. The O-line came though. Holding out the Sooners
long enough for the double-reverse pass is an overlooked part of the success
of that play. We can play better on offense, and that gives me confidence
down the road. Their D is the real deal, especially Williams and
Bush-league (Calmus). He should have been thrown out of the game. If Groce
was out of the game, we could have lost, and he was trying to put him out. I am
surprised our guys didn't go after him.
Frank made the call of his life, and I couldn't have been more impressed. He
needed to stay with his power-running game when it was working. His bootleg
call from the 2 after we had smashed it down there was bad, and he was still
very slow to get the plays in in the second half and many times we had to
hurry just to get the play off. I love the guy, but he has to get better at
Overall it was the best win in a long, and I never get tired of sitting in our
stadium and chanting "We're No. 1" and I never will. We won with a ton of
injuries and a so-so offensive game and a young aggressive defense with a
developing coordinator. I am very optimistic. Enjoy this one. I am
especially thrilled for Frank and 7. They came through in the biggest game of