Oregon 34, Oklahoma 33

If it felt like last year’s Texas Tech game to you, well, you weren’t alone – except this time, instead of wringing their hands and moaning about the unknowable, the TV commentators very clearly said that OU got robbed by the referees on the onside kick call. Note that this was a national TV audience – by this point, Louisville’s trouncing of Miami (FL) had ceased to be interesting, and all of ABC’s affiliates showed the end of the OU-Oregon game.

You can’t blame the Ducks, though – they played the kind of good hard football for 60 minutes that all Sooner fans love to see. You can’t blame a Duck for grabbing an onside kick; you have to rely on the officials to correctly assess the facts. (It reminds one of the old political adage that “you have to win it big enough that they can’t steal it at the last minute.” But maybe I’m bitter. It’s entirely possible.)

The loss in Eugene drops our beloved Sooners to 2-1 for the year, but still 0-0 in conference play. The aggies and the Aggies are now the only two undefeated teams in the Big 12 South division, but it should be noted that for each school, one of those victories is against a Division I-AA team. In the Big 12 North, Kansas State and Missouri are both 3-0, but just as in the south, both of those teams have one win each over I-AA opponents.

The Pride sent a 125-member pep band to Eugene, OR, for the game, and they were miked well and showed up many times on television. The trip photo album is available online.

Up next for the Sooners: hosting the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday night at 6:00 PM. The Blue Raiders, members of the Sun Belt conference, are 2-1, with one victory over a I-AA team.

Saturday is also Pride Parents’ Day, where proud parents of pride progeny parade with panache! If you’re participating, check the official schedule for the day, mirrored in our own OUBAA calendar.

The game was not chosen for television broadcast by the Big 12’s broadcast partners (ABC, Fox Sports, and TBS), so that means it can only be shown via pay-per-view. The $30 broadcast is being produced by FSN, and should be available for order this week on any cable system in Oklahoma plus on both major satellite dish providers (DirecTV and DISH Network). Kansas City Chiefs’ radio voice Mitch Holthus provides play-by-play on the broadcast, with color by Dean Blevins and OKC-NO Hornets broadcaster Sean Kelly on the sideline.

And finally, check out these pages if you’re interested in the band program at Middle Tennessee State University, including the marching band program, the Band of Blue. Go Sooners!