'Pig Skinny': OU/UT Wrap
By Taylor Holland, 3:14PM, Mon. Oct. 9, 2006
If you would have told Pig Skinny on Friday afternoon that the Oklahoma Sooners would outgain the Texas Longhorns 332-232 and go eight-for-16 on third down, the Skinny would have declared a certain victory for the Sooners based on early returns. Unfortunately for OU, the Sooners also loaded the ballot box with five turnovers and 11 penalties. The 28-10 final was in question well into the fourth quarter, but the defining moment of the game came in the third, when UT's offensive line moved the OU defensive front seven yards on a third-and-one quarterback sneak. Kudos to the UT program, who proved they aren't just a bunch of pansies who can't win without Vince Young, and to all the Longhorn fans around Austin who will undoubtedly not let me forget the game any time before 362 days from now. The Sooners again got jobbed on some calls in a big game, at least this time it didn't overtly affect the outcome. It's pretty obvious at this point that Herr Stoopsy has lost his vice grip on his team's focus. The false-start penalties are completely unacceptable this late in the season, and if Bob and the boys can't do any better than that, we might as well not even show up for the game.
Salvaging an otherwise miserable performance on the field, the group of Sooners I was with managed some magic of our own, getting six people through the gate while tearing only four tickets, with my old man proclaiming "I'll wash your ass and drink the water if you can find a ticket stub on me!". Thanks for the offer Pop, but the answer will forever be "no, thanks." After the game we got really high on the Texas Star Ferris wheel (all the way up!) and found a New Orleans-style seafood joint on Greenville Avenue where you pay on the honor system (fried oysters!)
Things We Learned: Tennessee, Florida, and Colt McCoy are for real. If Florida can win at Auburn this weekend, they may well end up playing for the trophy. USC, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Auburn are not for real. California is the best team in the Pac-10.