Oklahoma can do a dance of joy. The Sooners won’t have to see the color purple for the rest of the season. Purple has been the nemesis of OU this season. Both of OU’s losses have come to purple teams, TCU and Kansas State.
That’s a fun little factoid but really doesn’t explain anything as to how OU started the month of October with dreams of a national championship and now is an afterthought in the race for any sort of title.
Team colors, though, are from the only similarity with OU’s losses to TCU and Kansas State.
Knight throws a pick-six
If the Sooners execute to their potential, it has always felt like they were the better team on the field. But mistakes happen and some of them you don’t get to take back.
OU quarterback Trevor Knight has thrown two interceptions that have been returned for touchdowns. Once against TCU in the fourth quarter and the second one last week against the Wildcats.
Perine stuffed in crucial situation
Freshman running back Samaje Perine has made a lot of defenders look bad and has proven he is physically tough enough to survive in the Big 12.
But on two of the bigger plays of the season, opposing defenses have been there to stop Optimus Perine.
He was denied on a fourth-and-one late in the fourth quarter against TCU. And against KSU, Perine was stopped on third-and-goal from the one with under four minutes left in the game. OU, of course, would miss the go-ahead field goal on the very next play.
There was a blocked extra point in the fourth quarter
OU was the recipient of the blocked extra point against TCU in the fourth quarter and Zack Sanchez returned it for two points to cut the margin to 37-33.
Against KSU, it was OU on the other end of it. The Sooners had seemingly tied the game at 31 in the fourth, but OU’s protection broke down and KSU blocked it. The 31-30 tally ended up being the difference.
OU’s defense doesn’t allow a point in the fourth quarter
For as much trouble as OU’s defense has had in the last four games, Mike Stoops’ crew has not allowed a point in the fourth quarter of the two losses.
Knight threw the pick-six against TCU for the Horned Frogs’ only points and OU forced two turnovers in TCU territory. And vs. KSU, the Wildcats were held scoreless for the final 21:57.
OU mismanages timeouts horribly
Disturbing growing trend for OU this season has been not having timeouts down the stretch. After Perine was stopped against TCU, OU had no timeouts in the final two minutes.
Against KSU, the Sooners had one in the final 3:53 after the missed field goal. All it took was a couple of big-time plays of execution by the Wildcats to take away all the drama in the final minute.
Knight surpasses 300 yards
Trevor Knight has three 300-yard games this season and two of them have been in the losses. He threw for 309 yards at TCU and 318 yards with three touchdowns against the Wildcats.
It’s not all bad. Both games have seen incredible outings by wide receiver Sterling Shepard. He had seven catches for 215 yards and a touchdown against TCU. He somehow surpassed that with 15 catches for 197 yards and a touchdown against the Wildcats.
Shepard had a 75-yard touchdown against the Horned Frogs and a 47-yard scoring strike against Kansas State.