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October 30, 2013

Sooners trying to cope with injuries to senior captains

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It isn’t ideal, but the Sooners have made it work.

“I think, like, Dominique and some of the guys on the d-line, Jordan Wade and Torrea (Peterson), I think they’re getting comfortable playing — especially Dominique,” OU safety Gabe Lynn said. “I’m pretty close with him, and I just see him growing up every game. He’s just getting more confidence in himself. Then, as far as the other guys around the team, we’re always going to miss Corey for his leadership and stuff like that, and his playmaking, but we’ve got faith in the young guys, and everybody is helping them out and looking after each other.”

It’s the only option. The Sooners know injuries are part of the game and are going to happen. How well they adjust defines the season.

Take a bow: OU coach Bob Stoops gave a plea for a loud crowd against Texas Tech. Despite a 75-minute weather delay and rain that left several thousand seats at Owen Field empty, he got one.

He didn’t forget it during Monday’s press conference.

“For the hour and a half rain delay, poor weather, they could have easily cashed it in and not come back or not participated in the game. I thought our fans and the atmosphere here was fantastic,” Stoops said. “It really made a difference to our team and our players, to feel that kind of energy and participation was a big part of the game. Stealing back the momentum, the fans had a great hand in that. We want to thank them.”

The oddity of this season’s schedule means there’s only one more chance to play in front of the home crowd. Three of the Sooners’ last four games are on the road, beginning Nov. 7 at Baylor.

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