NORMAN, Okla. — Let the rebuilding begin.
Despite losing 13 starters from a team that played in the last two national championship games, hopes were high in Norman for 2005. However, those expectations turned to nightmares on Saturday as the 5th-ranked Sooners fumbled, bumbled and stumbled their way to a 17-10 loss against unranked TCU.
The loss was Oklahoma's first in Norman since November of 2002 against Oklahoma State, and ended the Sooners' home winning streak at 19 games. It was also the first defeat in the month of September for the Sooners in the Bob Stoops era.
"They just outplayed us and out coached us the whole game and they deserved to win," said Stoops after the loss. "They're a good team. I understand they had an average year a year ago, but you know, the previous two years I knew all along it's a prideful program and they've played well through the years and so anyway, they just came in here and beat us and that's it.
Oklahoma looked like they would take the lead late in the first quarter, but junior quarterback Paul Thompson fumbled on the two-yard line while attempting to score on an option keeper.
Two possessions later, the Horned Frogs struck first blood when quarterback Tye Gunn capped an 11-play, 84-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Moore on third and 12 to give TCU a 7-0 lead at the 10:05 mark of the second quarter.
Oklahoma then went three and out on their next drive, and the Horned Frogs responded with a six-play, 46-yard drive resulting in a 25-yard field goal by Pete LoCoco to push the lead to 10-0 at halftime.
The Sooners came out hot to start the second half with a nine-play, 72-yard drive capped by an 11-yard Adrian Peterson touchdown run that cut the lead to 10-7 with 11:05 to go in the third quarter.
Oklahoma then got a big break near the end of the third quarter when backup safety Jason Carter tackled TCU's punter on the Horned Frogs' 16-yard line.
Peterson and Kejuan Jones carried the ball on the next two plays to get the Sooners inside the TCU 5-yard line for a first down, but couldn't punch it in and were forced to settle for a 21-yard Garrett Hartley field goal that tied the game at 10-10 with 1:40 to go in the third quarter.
Two drives later, any momentum OU had changed for good when backup quarterback Rhett Bomar was flushed from the pocket and fumbled at the OU 17-yard line.
The Horned Frogs quickly took advantage of the turnover scoring just four plays later on a two-yard touchdown run by running back Robert Merrill that gave TCU the lead for good at 17-10 with 11:56 left.
Oklahoma would get the ball to the TCU 46-yard line with just under 10 minutes left, but Thompson was intercepted on a play-action pass that was underthrown to a wide open Travis Wilson.
The Sooner defense, who held the Horned Frogs to just 59 yards of total offense in the second half after giving up 225 in the first half, gave the offense another chance when linebacker Clint Ingram intercepted a deflected pass and returned it to the TCU 47-yard line.
However, the Sooners couldn't move the chains and gave the ball back to the Horned Frogs after incompletions by Thompson on third and fourth down.
Oklahoma would get the ball back on their own 20-yard line with 2:05 left, but Thompson was sacked and fumbled on fourth down with 32 seconds left in the game.
In all, Thompson completed just 11-of-26 passes for 109 yards with one interception and two lost fumbles. Bomar was 2-for-5 for 19 yards with the one costly fumble that led to the eventual game-winning touchdown.
"I thought that both would have reacted and played better than they did," said Stoops on his quarterbacks. "There were some opportunities there and we just let some nice shots... just overthrown, underthrown and then just couldn't quite get it right. You've got to be able to put the ball where it needs to be."
Peterson, who was handcuffed for most of the day do to the porous play of the offensive line, finished with just 63 yards on 22 carries.
"We just didn't execute," Stoops said. "We had opportunities. You just gotta execute and make plays when you get the opportunity. We didn't do it."
See below for a link to the complete OU-TCU box score.
OU-TCU Box Score
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