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September 3, 2013

It’s only one game, but it paints a good picture

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“Here are the things we can do better that we do every day in practice. Let’s change it and improve it,” he said. “There’s a lot that can be cleaner and better in our eyes. Let’s get it done this week.”

The point is, how much better is it to deliver that approach in the video room and on the practice field when everybody believes they’re on the right track?

That was Saturday’s gift.

You sure didn’t have that last season, when only Damian Williams, and only against a tired Miner defense, truly impressed.

You didn’t have it two years earlier, when the defense let Utah State right back in the game; or the year before that, when the offensive line couldn’t protect Sam Bradford and could hardly go three snaps without a false start.

It’s only one game, but how much better is it to approach the second week of the season from a position of strength rather from a position of pulling your hair out wondering what the heck is going on with the sky clearly falling?

When Stoops was done Monday, maybe because they’re just not ready to bring Trevor Knight into the room, it was Aaron Colvin’s turn.

Earlier, Stoops had called him “on par” with any cornerback who came before, which probably means Andre Woolfolk and, holy cow, Derrick Strait, too.

“One game does not define us,” Colvin said.

No, probably not, though it would be nice if it could, and isn’t that the difference after 60 minutes of football and a 34-0 victory over the Warhawks?

Everything there was to get out of the opener, the Sooners got. For a change, OU’s beginning the season ahead of the game.

It’s only one game?

It is no small thing.

Clay Horning

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cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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