Putting a (frustrating) bow on what was OU's 41-12 defeat at Baylor on Thursday night.
OU's answer for Millard? Nothing
Millard, a senior captain, tore his ACL during the fourth quarter two weeks ago. Heupel had been preaching we'd find the answer at Baylor.
The answer? Well, maybe we'll find one next week. Because OU had no solution against the Bears, rushing for 87 yards on 34 attempts, just 2.6 yards per carry.
The Sooners tried to generate some different wrinkles by inserting redshirt freshman Trevor Knight once again into the offense. But nothing worked on this night.
Finch does what he usually does
There were few bright spots for the Sooners, but senior running back Roy Finch was definitely one of them. Finch led the team in rushing with 36 yards on seven attempts.
Finch also accounted for OU's only touchdown of the game on a 10-yard reception in the third quarter. But once again Finch wasn't an integral part of the offense.
It's well understood Finch is a liability as a blocker, that's nothing new. But when you have somebody who can produce the way Finch does when he gets his hands on the ball, it's baffling.
OU defense runs out of gas
The score says 41-12. Baylor's total yardage says 459 offensive yards. If you watched the game, however, the Sooners defense did about as good of a job as you could expect.
In order to win or put itself in a position to win, OU had to win the ground game and time of possession. Baylor ran 11 more plays than the Sooners.
With OU's offense inept, eventually the defense started to crumble.
"I wouldn't say we got tired, but it started to take a toll on us when we had to keep going back out there (when the offense couldn't score)," linebacker Frank Shannon said.
Shannon, clearly playing injured, had 15 tackles with two tackles for loss. Freshman Dominique Alexander had 11 tackles and the sack that resulted in the safety.
Should the Bell still be ringing?
Every postgame OU junior quarterback Blake Bell stands at the podium or is available to the media and answers every last question.
Good performance, bad performance, doesn't matter. Bell is there to answer it all. That doesn't mean he still deserves to be the starting quarterback.
Thursday was another uneven outing by Bell, going 15 of 35 for 150 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
When Bell is on, the team feeds off his energy. But Bell, more often than not right now, is off. And sometimes off badly.
OU has three games left this season, and it won't hurt to let Trevor Knight get back out there. There is no identity to the offense anyway at this point, might as well try something to ignite a spark.