Bad Beat Turned into a College Basketball Score
Our bad beat of the week for this week comes from the Red River Showdown. More specifically, Texas +3.5. When Texas and Oklahoma get together, there’s no telling what will happen. And boy is that especially true for Saturday’s game. Side note: This one is personal for me because I bet it and, because of a wedding, it was the only game I was able to watch on Saturday.
Both teams went into Saturday looking to prove they are serious contenders for the playoff. Texas took control early, and it seemed like they were going to run away with it. They took a 38-20 lead into halftime, and I was thinking the Longhorns were going to cruise to an easy win. The Sooners tacked on a late third quarter touchdown, but Texas still took an 11-point lead into the fourth. I was a little nervous, but still not too worried as I watched with my buddies in the groomsmen’s suite.
In the fourth quarter all hell broke loose. Oklahoma scored a touchdown with about seven minutes left and hit the 2-point conversion to tie the game. Texas then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Oklahoma scored on the first play of the drive to take a 7-point lead. At this point, I was losing my mind. I turned it off completely because I did not want to be furious on the best day of my friend’s life. I’m a good person like that.
After each team traded failed drives, Texas tied it with just over a minute left. I immediately turned the game back on. Oklahoma started driving down, but I wasn’t worried. I kept telling my friends, “I got them at +3.5 so even if Oklahoma kicks a field goal, I’m good.” And that’s what everyone was thinking they were doing. The Sooners got the ball down to the Texas 33, and I thought they’d run a couple plays to get in better field position and kick it to win. But running back Kennedy Brooks had other plans.
Brooks got the ball. But instead of getting 4 or 5 yards, he went for 33 to give Oklahoma the lead with three seconds left. Ball game. As I saw Brooks run right through the defense, my jaw dropped. The room was in a state of disbelief. It’s safe to assume that I, along with every other Texas bettor, had a few adult beverages that night. That’s the kind of loss that will stick with you for years to come.
Honorable mention: St. Louis Cardinals +1.5 vs. LA Dodgers (Wednesday).
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.