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Cowboy season trending down after another loss

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Bedlam was supposed to be a close game for two teams with Big 12 Championship game implications.

It was anything but a close game. The Sooners opened up a lead early, they jumped out 21-0 and didn’t look back.

OSU clawed back to make it 21-13 but couldn’t run the offense efficiently with Shane Illingworth replacing Spencer Sanders after a head injury.

“I didn't think we were gonna be able to just chuck it over the yard and win,” offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn said. “So we wanted to methodically try to get down in it and crawl back into a position where we had a chance in the second half and we did that. We went into the second half down 27-13, knowing that we'd get the ball back in the second half to start it and maybe get this thing to 27-20. It just didn't happen, it didn't materialize.”

That has been the story for the OSU offense most of the season, but this year, it had the defense to help it. In Bedlam, the defense took time to get its footing, and by the time it did, the deficit was already insurmountable.

“Without looking at the tape, it looked like they schemed us,” coach Mike Gundy said. “They did a nice job with their schemes and getting guys in certain coverages and had plays that benefited them better and then they made runs afterwards.”

The Cowboys now must get healthy, again, after offensive lineman Teven Jenkins and Chuba Hubbard both reaggravated their respective injuries from previous weeks. The injuries seem to be lower body based.

The Cowboys now have to find extra help to find themselves in Dallas for the Big 12 Championship game, but until then it's just onto Texas Tech.

“Got to get back, watch that tape and figure out what the hell's wrong and get it figured out and get ready for next Saturday,” Dunn said.

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