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Oklahoma-Texas: One Big Thing

By John E. Hoover


DALLAS — Oklahoma would be wise to avoid hearing three little words this weekend.

No, not “Another Texas touchdown.”

“The last time.”

The Sooners go into Saturday’s 11 a.m. game with Texas afflicted by quite the combination of football maladies: a personnel and culture rebuild under Brent Venables, an alarming display of inconsistent play, and a disturbing run of injuries.

The latter, which started last week in Fort Worth with quarterback Dillon Gabriel, left tackle Wanya Morris, safety Damond Harmon, running back Eric Gray and others, now extends to linebacker Shane Whitter, who is reportedly out for the season with a shoulder injury.

Put those all together and OU football has become, to borrow from Venables, a recipe for disaster.

The last thing Venables wants to hear now as his program teeters on freefall is “the last time.”


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