Sooners fall short yet again without Bradford

BY foxsports • October 18, 2009

CFN's Instant Analysis of No. 3 Texas' 16-13 victory over No. 20 Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry:

Where's my magic remote?

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I know, I know, it's all part of the game and I can't do this, but I feel cheated and I want to hit the rewind button to see what this Oklahoma team could do with a healthy Sam Bradford.

BYU knocked out Bradford (and I don't want to hear how BYU not having Harvey Unga was comparable to OU not having the Heisman winner), and the Sooners had time to prepare for Miami with Landry Jones under center, but I'll say it — Oklahoma wins both of those games with a healthy Bradford. I'm also less sold now on Texas than I ever was.

Landry Jones was fine, but he threw two freshman interceptions and he wasn't crisp. Granted, Bradford was just 2-of-6 for 77 yards before landing on his shoulder, but teams and players sometimes start slowly. Just ask Colt McCoy. Texas did what it had to do to get the win, but it's not like the offense was rolling, amassing just 269 yards, and it needed the help of five turnovers to score. The point, unfortunately, needs to keep being made — a healthy Bradford probably makes the difference.

But in time, no one will remember that Bradford's absence was a key factor, especially if Texas goes on to win the national title, and beating Oklahoma is beating Oklahoma. I'm not sure why the Sooners gave up on the running game with Jones under center (even with the O line getting destroyed), finishing with -18 yards with two NFL backs in DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown to hand off to. Texas forced many of the problems, but even so — just like after the BYU and Miami losses, there's still a "yeah, but" that I can't shake.

— Pete Fiutak

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