Bradford looks at BCS title game loss for inspiration

August, 11, 2009
8/11/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford hasn't had to look very far this summer for motivation.

Bradford said that he's watched the Sooners' BCS title game loss to Florida, and particularly the Sooners' struggles in the red zone to keep himself focused since the 24-14 loss.

The Sooners were turned away with no points inside the Florida 6-yard line, providing the difference in Oklahoma's title game loss. Coming into the bowl game, the Sooners had led the nation in red-zone efficiency.

"Yeah, I've watched the game and it's especially frustrating," Bradford said. "We were very good in the red zone all year and then to see us not execute all season is very frustrating. We can learn from it that if you want to win, you have to convert every time."

The loss was the Sooners' fifth-straight BCS bowl game loss and third-straight title game. That defeat has helped unify the Sooners as they prepare for the season.

"Any time you lose a national championship game, it will stick with you," Bradford said. "I think about it a lot. Anyone on this team who told you they didn't think about it would be lying to you."

The bowl game struggles have been an overriding concern for the Sooners in recent seasons. But coaches haven't taken as much of an in-your-face attitude as after the loss to West Virginia in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl when signs and quotes from Mountaineer players were prominently displayed in the Sooners' team workout area.

Even with the bowl struggles, Bradford said his team isn't concerned about that game until they come to it.

"Bowl games are our 13th or 14th game of the season," Bradford said. "We have a lot of things to think about before then. We have a tough opener down in Dallas against BYU and we need to be focused on that.

"Obviously, we are frustrated with everybody talking about us not being able to finish the season on a right note. But if we don't take care of business in the regular season, then we won't have a chance to win our bowl game."

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