Kyler Murray isn’t accustomed to losing.
At least on the football field, that is.
Oklahoma’s 48-45 loss to Texas in the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 6 was Murray’s first losing effort in three years as a starting quarterback.
Murray was 42-0 at Allen High School and nearly perfect at Texas A&M and Oklahoma until the Longhorns ended the run. As an Aggie, he started a 26-10 loss against Auburn that he wouldn’t finish because of a head injury.
“Obviously I’m not used to losing,” Murray said following the game. “It hurts.”
Murray was on the verge of tears after the game during the postgame press conference. He stopped on a couple occasions to gather himself.
Murray blamed his turnovers and problems for the loss, which coach Lincoln Riley said Monday took him a while to get over.
If it weren’t for Murray, OU could’ve suffered its worst loss since Riley came to Norman.
He led the Sooners (5-1 overall, 2-1 Big 12) on a furious rally in the fourth quarter. After trailing by 21 points entering the quarter, the Sooners tied it up at 45.
Although they did about everything possible to remain in the game, there was enough time on the clock for Texas to drive and kick a game-winning field goal.
All Murray could do on the sideline was watch.
OU is coming off its bye week before facing TCU at 11 a.m. Saturday in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs are coming off a 17-14 home loss against Texas A&M.
Not only was Murray feeling turmoil for his teams loss, Riley decided to fire Mike Stoops, adding to the saga.
A loss to Texas. Losing a defensive coordinator. Yet, the Sooners remain a top-10 team.
“To me, everything feels the same despite the loss and losing coach Stoops,” Murray said. “We know what’s going on. It doesn’t really affect us. All we can do is control what we can control as players. Moving forward, we’ve just got to continue to practice hard, continue to get better and at the end of the day we’ll end up where we want to be.”
After a week to recover from a taxing first half of the season, OU will count of Murray’s leadership ability to find its way back in the win column. Murray said he’s ready to get back on the field.
Although Bedlam and games at Texas Tech and West Virginia remain, the Sooners could be favorites in every game to close the season. If the Longhorns sustain their success, it could set up for another meeting between the foes in Dallas.
Just this time, Murray wouldn’t be stuck on the sidelines watching. He would get his second chance.