Some losses are especially hard to take

Alabama Head Football Coach Dennis Franchione has some memories of other games against Oklahoma. Saturday the Crimson Tide will meet the Sooners in Norman in a nationally-televised (ABC) game beginning at 2:30 p.m. CDT. <br><br>But Franchione's most vivid memory is from 1998, when Franchione was head coach at TCU.

Although Oklahoma was not the powerhouse it would become under Coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners were still a tough game for TCU in 1998. But the Horned Frogs had played very well, particularly on defense. TCU had one touchdown called back when there was a clip on the reverse. Another apparent TCU touchdown was thwarted by an official's ruling (later found to be in error) that the Horned Frogs back had gone out of bounds.

Still, Franchione said, the TCU defense had been dominant and the Horned Frogs had control of the game, leading 9-0 in the fourth quarter. Then Oklahoma scored on a pass late in the game to pull to within 9-7. The Sooners then recovered an on-sides kick. "Still," Franchione said, "I don't think they could move the ball against us."

An Oklahoma pass was intercepted by a TCU linebacker. In the process of going down ("I actually think he was already down," Franchione said), the defender fumbled the ball back to Oklahoma.

"On the next play, I think, they lined up and kicked a field goal," Franchione said. "That's one of those that sticks with you for a long time.

"Too long."


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