The Norman Transcript

October 28, 2013

Sooner move up in BCS, polls

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma moved up to No. 10 in the BCS standings Sunday following the 38-30 victory over Texas Tech. The Sooners are one of four teams in the top 18.

Undefeated Baylor, which OU will face Nov. 7 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, moved up to No. 6. The Red Raiders dropped five spots to No. 15. Oklahoma State is at No. 18.

The Sooners also moved up in both major polls, making a four-spot jump in the Associated Press Top 25 to No. 13. They also advanced to No. 9 in the USA Today coaches poll, marking their highest ranking of the season.

Handling tempo: The Sooners haven’t run much up-tempo offense this season, but they did a couple times. The most noticeable was the touchdown drive to start the third quarter.

“We’re still picking and choosing when we have opportunities to go tempo. It worked today when we did,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.

On the other end, the Sooners didn’t seem to have any problems getting lined up against the Red Raiders. Alignment was an issue in the previous two games against Texas and Kansas.

“I was really proud defensively that we were set all the time and had very few mistakes with alignments and adjusted,” Stoops added.

Handling the weather: The game started about 75 minutes late because of a pregame thunderstorm. The circumstances were eerily similar to the Sooners’ and Red Raiders’ meeting at Owen Field in 2011. That game also was delayed due to weather and Texas Tech shocked the Sooners that night, ending a six-season home winning streak.

Stoops said OU started preparing players for the possibility the game would be delayed on Thursday.

“We talked about it Thursday, about regardless of the weather we need to come out ready to play,” Stoops said.

He did see differences in the two games, however.

“The last one was late at night. All situations are a little different. We did make our players aware of it Thursday and earlier today that, ‘Look, this is what happened two years ago when they came in here. We need to handle it the right way and be ready to go. It’s time when they say, ‘Go.’

Take the shot: OU coach Bob Stoops did take a hit from cornerback Aaron Colvin in the third quarter. Colvin was trying to recover what he thought was a fumble when he staggered into Stoops on the field.

The OU coach was arguing a Texas Tech swing pass that was ruled — correctly — incomplete should have been ruled a lateral.

“I didn’t even go all the way down. Did you see me spin off?,” he joked.

Under pressure: Texas Tech did not have a sack and was credited with two quarterback hurries. In that vein, OU’s offensive line had one of its best games of the season. It marked the first game this season OU hasn’t allowed a sack.

The three sacks the Sooners produced were one short of a season high and gave them six over the last two games.

“Our pressure’s been good,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “People get the ball out quick anymore, and you’re not going to have a ton of sacks when we play teams. Our pressure’s been pretty consistent all year. I’ve been pretty happy with it.“

John Shinn

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