Don’t ever let people tell you that probability means inevitability.
OU was a 7.5-point favorite over Texas Tech for the season’s last home game, so the Sooners probably wouldn’t have much trouble with the Red Raiders, they said. Instead, that scrappy Texas Tech team that literally redefined “moving the goal line” last year in Lubbock led at the end of every quarter – except the fourth quarter. The Sooners came alive in the last half of the fourth quarter to go 8-2 (or 9-1 if Oregon had been corrected).
Paul Thompson, who came to OU to be a quarterback but lost the job to three consecutive Heisman Trophy candidates or nominees, stayed at the school to play wide receiver, even though that probably wasn’t his best option. When OU found itself with no quarterbacks instead of three just one month before the season started, Thompson stepped back in – and led the Sooners to that 8-2 (9-1) mark. That wasn’t supposed to happen – and he got standing ovations before the game as the recipient of this year’s Don Key Award, and when leaving the field after his final home game as a Sooner.
Texas was supposed to beat the stuffing out of Kansas State, but the Wildcats had something to prove at home, and Texas lost QB Colt McCoy while scoring a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. At one point in the third quarter, Texas trailed by a full 21 points, but came back to close the margin to 45-42—and couldn’t close the deal, making that the final score.
Texas was supposed to be in the hunt to play the winner of Ohio State-Michigan for the BCS National Championship. Not only is that out of the picture now, but the Longhorns have to close their season in two weeks by hosting their second-biggest rivals: the Aggies of Texas A&M University, in what has become a must-win game. If the Aggies win the rivalry, as they can do in any given year, and if OU wins its final two games, then the Sooners go to Kansas City on December 2 to play for the Big 12 Championship and an automatic BCS berth.
It was supposed to be too cold and too windy, and our Pride of Oklahoma donned their snazzy uniform parkas just to be safe, but got to march halftime without them. It was supposed to be an unimpressive season after losses at Oregon and Texas, but the Sooners are still in BCS contention if the Aggies can take care of business and the Sooners do the same at Waco and Stillwater (not a given by any means – nothing in the Big 12 can be taken for granted this year!).
And a remarkable eight-year-old boy who was supposed to be too ill to see the OU Drumline that he absolutely loves was there for all of it, from pre-game rehearsal to his own special victory dance after it was all over.
Don’t let them tell you we know everything. The remarkable happens every day if you just look for it.