NORMAN - The biggest crowd in Oklahoma history waited, and waited, and waited some more for the Sooners to show.
Forever they waited, hoping that the outcome would be different. They waited, spinning white towels in the air trying to rally the troops.
Waiting for that old Sooner Magic that never appeared.
Maybe it was the shine of those helmets. Maybe it was the big stage, the national audience and the chance to get back into the most important conversation of all.
Maybe it was because they are just not that good. Whatever you want to say it was, Oklahoma was not playing to snuff on Saturday and that's why Notre Dame walked out of Norman with a win.
This season marks the first time in the Stoops era that the Sooners had lost two home games in the same season. Let that sink in. All those amazing teams, all those Big 12 championships, even all those lackluster seasons with just a trip to a minor bowl, the Sooners still protected their own house.
Until this year.
Before we start this trip down that rabbit hole of depression and finger-pointing, it's valid that we start by agreeing that the Oklahoma defense did everything it could early on. There was fire, there was substance in the Oklahoma defense. That unit didn't allow more than one big play until the fourth quarter.
No, for this foray into the absurd, you have to look square at the Oklahoma offense and ask what the heck happened?
What happened to that Oklahoma offense that could march up and down the field and score at will?
What happened to a team that could get the ball at its own 8-yard-line and turn it into a touchdown before you could set your drink down?
Well, it starts with what happened to that desire to mash the gas pedal and go. When the Sooners were in hurry-up, they were smooth, effective, precise.