• This weekend there were 10 games involving Oklahoma schools. No intrastate games. All 10 games were losses for the Oklahoma schools. All 10 games!
I don’t know how long its been since that happened, but that’s an intriguing thought. Not one college team in our state won. Now it should be noted that Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa were idle this weekend. But that is still a difficult pill to swallow for local fans. There are no bragging rights this weekend.
Vs. Arkansas 0-5
Vs. Kansas 0-2
Vs. Louisiana 0-1
Vs. Montana 0-1
Vs. Texas 0-1
• The Sports Illustrated expose on the Oklahoma State program has come and gone like the month of March – in like a lion and out like a lamb.
The fifth installment of the series was published online by SI a day early and with absolutely zero fanfare. And with the fourth chapter’s posting being pushed back so far as it was gave so many people the opportunity to make jokes about sex being delayed (fill in your own favorite joke here).
This was an attempt to smear a program with the only reason for the “investigation” being to smear a program, any program. It just happened to be Oklahoma State. It really didn’t matter; someone was going down.
But OSU didn’t go down. In fact, with the publication of the Yahoo’s finding that five SEC players committed violations – and that publication was backed up with documents of many kinds, not just hearsay and tapes that won’t be released – SI looks bad. Very bad. There is and will continue to be a backlash for this ill-advised move.
• The losses throughout the state for football teams on Saturday came in a variety of fashions. There were close calls (UAM over NWOSU 24-22, and SAU over SWOSU 20-17), blowouts (Lamar over Bacone 53-0, and ATU over SNU 49-7) and the ones that got away (HSU over SOSU 44-35, and Ouachita Baptist over ECU 24-17).
But there were still some impressive individual performances. UCO got big numbers from Joshua Birmingham and Marquez Clark in the Bronchos’ game against Emporia State. Birmingham had three rushing TDs and is now the leading scorer in UCO history with 518 points. Clark grabbed a school-record 13 receptions for 236 yards and 338 all-purpose yards, which is second on the Bronchos’ all-purpose single game list.