Oklahoma football: Post-mortem of a Rose Bowl win that was, then wasn’t

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PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Guard Dyshon Sims

O.K., it’s been nearly a week since the heartbreaking Oklahoma football loss to Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

After swallowing hard and watching the game for the second time, it’s even worse to see the many chances the Sooners had to win it. This one just flat stings and will continue to sting for a long time to come.

Even after a week to absorb all that went wrong in a nightmare second half that overshadowed a dominant first-half performance, it’s hard to let this one go and simply move on to another year of high hopes and expectations.

Post-mortems on heartbreaking losses are never fun, especially when they reveal the monumental title opportunity the Sooners let slip away. In spite of the expected defensive shortcomings, which ailed Oklahoma all season long, the Sooners still had a chance to win this one and advance.

It didn’t happen that way, and now it’s on to an offseason full of woulda, coulda, shoulda and  might-have-beens.

Oklahoma has now appeared in six BCS and College Football Playoff championship rounds, only to come up on the short end of the score five consecutive times.

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