The OU Football Club’s season is quickly coming to an end. If you haven’t had the chance to see the team play, then you’ve really missed out on a fun experience.
The team started out with a bang this year. After a hot 3-0 start, the team was the talk of the campus. Games were packed with fans and the team really bonded over the season.
This past Saturday was the team’s last home game of 2013, and it didn’t end the way the Grizzlies had hoped – a 34-19 loss. Things started well early on against UM-Flint when OU jumped out to an early lead. As the game wore on, the wheels came off.
Oakland receiver Reggie Overton says it’s been hard to prepare for opponents this season.
“The past couple of weeks we’ve been trying to watch film on our opponents, but the film exchange process is pretty tough at the club level. Near the end of last week the coaches decided that it’d be better for us to focus more on ourselves and not worry as much about what that week’s opponent may or may not do. Focusing more on ourselves has allowed us to become even stronger at what we do best and it also gives us more time to add in new aspects to both the offense and the defense.”
With less than ideal weather conditions to play football, turnovers plagued the Grizzlies offense throughout the sleet and rain filled afternoon. With 4:30 remaining in the first half, a QB sack and fumble stopped a progressing Oakland drive. Oakland had the UM-Flint offense at a 3rd and 15, but managed to let them convert it for a first down. Flint scored the final touchdown of the half with 1:56 remaining, putting them ahead 28-13 at halftime.
Both teams would find the end zone once in the second half, resulting in a 34-19 loss for Oakland. The loss is their third in a row with one game remaining this season. The club has a much needed bye week this weekend, and will play their last game at Ohio State on November 10th.
The home schedule may be over, but fan support has been strong all season long. Overton appreciates the support.
“Playing at the Auburn Hills Civic Center is a unique experience and it’s great to have the fans so close to the action. We’re extremely appreciative of the fans that have been showing up to support us and hopefully we’ll have bigger and bigger turnouts in future seasons as the program grows.”
We will be pulling four our Grizzlies in Columbus November 10th!