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October 9, 2013

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Third quarter woes: How bad was OU’s offense in third quarter of the TCU game? Nine plays, three punts, 2 minutes, 12 seconds time of possession, four rushing yards, 0-for-5 passing, two penalties for 20 yards.

“It was frustrating, but obviously our defense was doing a great job at the time, holding them. We weren’t on the field I don’t think that much in the third quarter, but it was rough,” OU quarterback Blake Bell said.

It was the worst the Sooners’ offense has looked this season. After building a 13-0 lead in the first half, it simply grounded to halt in the third quarter.

Bell said TCU didn’t make any major changes after halftime.

“No, obviously you always have your halftime adjustments, and coming out, we obviously wanted to move the ball down the field when we had the chance and we didn’t,” he said.

Close calls: OU never tried to block a punt against TCU. Perhaps it should’ve. Linebacker Eric Striker nearly got to two of them on punt safe calls.

The first time in the first quarter, Striker pulled up because he didn’t want to get a roughing the punter call. But he said he was surprised TCU was letting him through virtually untouched. He narrowly missed a blocked punt in the second quarter.

“It’s not a block call that I was close so on that second one, I was like well, if I can get it, I’m going to get it,” Striker said.

Pleased with the tackles: Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips did not play against TCU due to an undisclosed ailment. OU coach Bob Stoops does expect him to be back for the Texas game.

Jordan Wade and Torrea Peterson filled in for Phillips.

Stoops thought both held up well against TCU.

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