OU film review: Game 6, Part I

Five plays that helped tell the story OU's 36-20 loss to Texas in the Red River Rivalry.

Every play matters but some stick out more than others. Each week Sooners Illustrated will look at the five plays that stood out in Oklahoma's performance. This week it's OU's 36-20 loss to Texas in the Red River Rivalry and this week it's 10 plays. Here are the first five.

Play No. 1: McCoy to Sanders for first down

The theory going into the game was simple. If OU forced Texas to be in third-and-long, it was going to end up great for the Sooners.

On the first drive of the game, Texas quarterback Case McCoy had already converted a third-and-seven. This time around it was third-and-13 from the Texas 47 yard line. Texas knew what to do – attack the middle of the field. OU freshman linebacker Dominique Alexander finished with 19 tackles, but he was attacked early and often by the Longhorns.

McCoy found Kendal Sanders for 22 yards to continue the drive that ended with a field goal.

Play No. 2: Clay drops touchdown pass

This might be the ultimate what if scenario from this game. What if Blake Bell had connected with Brennan Clay for a touchdown on the first drive?

The Sooners faced third-and-four from the Texas 17 when OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel dialed up a great call of finding Clay on a wheel route.

He was wide open, and the throw was catchable, but Clay couldn't snag it. The fault isn't all on Clay. It's tough to ask a running back to make an over-the-shoulder grab even though there was nobody around.

The throw also veered toward the sideline, and perhaps Clay was focusing as much on making sure he kept his feet inbounds. Turned out to be a missed opportunity, and OU settled for a field goal.

Play No. 3: Whaley's pick-six

Bell went three starts and almost one quarter without an interception, but his first hurt for the Sooners. OU faced a third-and-four at its 26 when Bell was intercepted by Texas defensive tackle Chris Whaley. Whaley returned it 31 yards for a touchdown.

Following the game, Bell said he thought wide receiver Jaz Reynolds was open, but he wasn't sure if Reynolds saw the pass coming. As Bell continued to eye Reynolds, Whaley noticed and made his jump on it.

The interception was compounded by Whaley taking it into the end zone, dragging Bell with him across the goal line. It was now Texas 10-3, and it was the first crucial mistake by Bell during time as starter.

Play No. 4: McCoy misses opportunity

Texas fared well on third downs, converting nine of 12 in the first half. One of them it didn't led to a fourth-and-two at OU's 23.

Texas coach Mack Brown didn't hesitate in going for it and a great play call was set up. Al De La Torre was wide open, but McCoy missed the mark badly. OU linebacker Eric Striker had a hand in it, too, but it was a bad miss by McCoy.

McCoy was far from perfect on the day and gave OU chances to make things happen. The key was McCoy never got down on himself.

Play No. 5: McCoy to Johnson TD

Case in point right here with McCoy's first touchdown of the game. Again OU had managed to put the Longhorns in a third-and-long, this time 11 at Texas' 41.

The Sooners brought a blitz with safety Quentin Hayes, leaving wide receiver Marcus Johnson one-on-one against OU dime back Kass Everett.

McCoy was able to get enough time to step into a throw and delivered a strike to Johnson, who clearly beat Everett and then separated himself from Everett down the sideline.

The pick-six might have felt like a fluke, but this TD made it 17-3 and let OU fans know it was going to be a fight.


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