Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/24/12

Landry Jones critical mistakes against the Kansas State Wildcats show the senior’s season hopes of a championship are just too far-reaching. 

Jones’ first turnover came near his own goal line, when he was hit by K-State’s Justin Tuggle which jarred free the ball allowing the Cats to pick up a 7-3 lead and most of the momentum for the rest of the game.

Jones is not solely to blame for the Big 12 opener loss, Blake Bell, a.k.a the “Belldozer”, also blew a promising drive when he fumbled the snap near to tying the game. 

Oklahoma's defense had what seemed almost utter confusion and defensive coach Mike Stoops used three of Oklahoma’s timeouts trying to get the line in line.

“When you’re inside the 1-yard line on 2nd down and you lose the football, it’s just bad football.” said head coach Bob Stoops.

Trying to rationalize the situation, Jones said, “There always seems to be a one-loss team in the national championship, but it will be hard if we lose another one.”

Really?  “Lose another one?”  You can’t lose two balls to turnovers converted to points on the board for your opponents.  Your backup can’t lose the ball inside the red zone and when the defense can’t line up to get “that” offense back on the field; losing another one is not in question.

The question would be: How many more are you going to lose before someone at Oklahoma makes some serious changes?

Oklahoma is still must face No. 12 Texas, No. 10 Notre Dame and No. 9 West Virginia.  Not to mention the always questionable “Bedlam Battle” between unranked inner-state rival Oklahoma State.

Keeping your hopes up that you can still go on to win the Big 12 championship and go on to get a BCS bid to the national championship after losing in such a horrible display of teamwork, is commendable and an optimism that you have to keep, but let’s be realistic.

Saturday night’s loss at home has gone to show what was long predicted and the Sooner hopes are on the road to ruin and heartbreak.



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