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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
3-point stance: Oklahoma's winning streak

By Ivan Maisel

1. Sitting in the nosebleeds Tuesday night in Hartford to see the UConn women break the UCLA men’s record with their 89th consecutive victory made me reflect on the longest football winning streak. Oklahoma set the record of 47 straight from 1953-57. We were fortunate to see both Miami and USC reach 34 straight wins in the last decade. Both lost heart breakers in a national championship game. Given the way players leave early for the NFL, the Sooners’ record seems inviolate.

2. The bad news in watching bowl offenses is that they may suffer from a lack of rhythm borne of not playing for several weeks. The good news is that the nagging injuries in young bodies have had time to heal. Quarterbacks such as Denard Robinson of Michigan and Taylor Martinez of Nebraska have begun to look like themselves in practice leading to their bowl games next week. In their case, health is a great lubricant for offensive rust.

3. I like how Louisville spotted Southern Mississippi a 14-0 lead in the first 5:00; how the Cardinals scored 31 points; only 10 of them on drives of more than 37 yards; how Jeremy Wright returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score; how corner Johnny Patrick blocked a Southern Mississippi field goal; how the punt team pinned Southern Miss at its 2 with :07 to play; and how Louisville didn’t lead the Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl until the fourth quarter but won, 31-28, giving Charlie Strong a 7-6 record and a big boost into 2011.