In the early days of October, they were rambling along, swallowing quarterbacks like State Fair corn dogs and halting ball carriers in their tracks.
With its big-play defense and its Heisman candidate quarterback, Oklahoma looked like a national championship contender just six weeks ago.
But with 11:40 left in the third quarter against Texas, it all changed.
The game. The dream. The season. And the defense. Especially the defense.
The Sooners were leading the Texas Longhorns, 28-20, when a UT lineman fell on Oklahoma middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds, tearing ligaments in Reynolds’ right knee and costing him the rest of his junior season. Texas outscored Oklahoma 25-7 after Reynolds left the game.