DALLAS – Uh, oh.
What's going on with the Oklahoma defense?
For five games the Sooners were improved, impressive and in command, but after Saturday's loss to Texas where the Longhorns rushed for 255 yards, it looks like there could be even more bad news in the near future.
With linebacker Corey Nelson lost for the year and with defensive tackle Jordan Phillips out with an undisclosed injury, the Sooners were rocked by Texas. The Longhorns converted 13-of-20 third downs, Case McCoy threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Oklahoma defense didn't have a sack.
In addition, OU's best defensive player, cornerback Aaron Colvin, left with an apparent shoulder injury in the third quarter. He did not return. Nelson is done for the year with a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in the third quarter against TCU.
This wasn't the same team we had seen hold West Virginia to seven points and then play so well at Notre Dame in a 35-21 win. OU also shutout Louisiana-Monroe, 34-0 and went 10 possessions in a row without allowing a first down against Notre Dame and then into the next week against TCU.
The 36 points allowed to Texas were the most this season, and it was surprising, considering Texas had not been a great offensive team. Yet, the Longhorns improved to 4-2 by getting a pair of runners over 100 yards rushing.
"Definitely they executed better than we were able to blitz and cover," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.
And as for missing Nelson and Phillips?
"We've got to find ways to absorb it," Stoops said. "I'm not making an excuse for it."
OU came into the game ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the coaches poll. Now, the Sooners are No. 18 in both polls. They will play at Kansas next week.