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September 25, 2012

Players insist they’ll rebound

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NORMAN —

“The focus right now is just moving on. You can’t do anything about the game now,” fullback Trey Millard said. “You move onto the next one and start preparing to go play Texas Tech.”

Easy to say, hard to do.

OU coach Bob Stoops certainly wasn’t in a chipper mood on Monday, but he’s still confident his team can improve. The point he tried to make was removing the fumbles by his quarterbacks would likely have been enough to get a win against the Wildcats, who are now ranked No. 7.

“We had two major turnovers and you’re still in the game. You lose by five points and you played a darn good football team and we had a lot of good plays,” he said. “We played, in a lot of spots … really well against them. And so, if we can learn to take care of the football and keep building, I’m optimistic we can beat teams like that, if we’ll take care of the ball.”

While a shot was blown to prove it Saturday, the Sooners are going to have many more of them this season. That also means they’ll have many more chances to have that kicked-in-the-gut feeling they’ve had for the last two days.

It’s a feeling the players, coaches and especially fans could do without.

“They punched us in the face this weekend,” defensive end David King said. “Hopefully, the guys around here will use that as a wake-up call and rally around it, get this season back on the right track.”

John ShinnFollow me @john_shinnjshinn@normantranscript.com

 

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