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October 2, 2012

OU struggling to put up points in the first quarter

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NORMAN —

The early offensive slumber allowed energized crowds to remain stimulated. Scoring early — scoring touchdowns early — can shut off that power source.

“We’ve got to score quick. Especially going into a hostile environment like this, the quicker you get on them, the better it is in regards to keeping the crowd out of it and keeping their energy on the sideline down,” center Gabe Ikard said.

The mantra during last week’s practices was starting fast.

“It’s one of our goals. It’s one of the things we need to do,” Ikard said. “They’ve got a great defense statistically and on tape look really talented, so it’s going to be a good challenge, but that’s one thing we need to do is start the game off well and kind of match that energy that that crowd and that team is going to bring.”

Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) will have a lot of it on Saturday. It’s off to a great start. The only thing missing from its early-season resume is a win over a ranked team. The Sooners (2-1, 0-1) offer that opportunity. Add in that the Red Raiders have won three straight over the Sooners since at Jones AT&T Stadium and there’s no reason for the crowd to lack enthusiasm. Only OU can take it away.

John ShinnFollow me @john_shinnjshinn@normantranscript.com

 

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