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October 12, 2008

OU doesn't dwell on loss

DALLAS — Sobering thought for Oklahoma after the previously No. 1-ranked Sooners lost to archrival Texas 45-35 Saturday.

The Sooners have never won a national championship in a season in which they have lost to the Longhorns.

That was the least of OU’s worries during an afternoon in which the Sooners lost middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds, gave up a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and rushed for only 48 yards.

The Sooners host once-beaten Kansas Saturday.

“We can’t worry about the national championship or Big 12 championship,’’ said OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. “We have to get ready for Kansas.’’

The Sooners have not lost back-to-back regular season games in coach Bob Stoops’ 10 seasons.

“We can’t get down on ourselves,’’ McCoy said. “We have a long season ahead of us. A great team like Kansas is coming to our house. We have to defend it.’’

The Sooners did win the Big 12 championship the last time they lost to Texas. The Longhorns put OU in that position by being upset by Kansas State and Texas A&M.;

OU must hope now it can win out (Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Texas A&M;, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State) and hopes Texas loses twice — something which could happen with the rest of the slate that includes Missouri, OSU, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas and Texas A&M;, which has back-to-back wins over UT.

“We will bounce back,’’ said OU center Jon Cooper. “This will determine what kind of character we have. You never know what the other teams are going to do. We don’t control our destiny right now. We hope the other teams can help us out.’’

“We just have to get our heads up,’’ McCoy said. “Penalties and breakdowns hurt us. We just have to go out and fix it.’’

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