OU-Texas Tech: Live Game Thread
OU fullback Trey Millard
OU fullback Trey Millard
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Posted Oct 22, 2011
Joey Helmer

NORMAN, Okla. — In a place where the Sooners have been nearly immortal, they were perfectly mortal Saturday night.

Victors of a nation-high 39 straight games at home, the Sooners came out flat and their comeback effort fell short in a narrow 41-38 defeat in front of 85,204 at a soggy, rain-soaked Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

"I don't know that it has to be all that surprising at the end of the day," said head coach Bob Stoops. "Teams we play can come in here and beat us. Maybe sometimes too much is said about it, like it can't happen. That's what I told the players. Anyone who we will play the rest of the year will whoop us if we don't play better than we did today."

Stats more than back that up.

The Red Raiders out-gained the Sooners 572-536 and it was way more lopsided than that until the final minutes.

They had 27 first downs to OU's 24.

They had a pair of takeaways to zero for OU.

And they just dominated the time of possession battle 34:59 to 25:01, very indicative of the tempo the game was played at.

"Offensively, we were really poor executing the pass game and run game," Stoops said. "Outside of Roy's [Finch] run early, I thought what we tried to do the rest of the day wasn't very effective. I don't want to see a bunch of yards late. We had a chance late to have a chance to win. It was too little too late to put ourself in the hole we did."

That hole was as much as 24 points early in the second half and 17 on three other occasions.

OU carved into that lead but just fell short.

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