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October 22, 2013

Sooners lack ability to win shootout

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NORMAN —

OU couldn’t do anything resembling that in the loss to Texas and didn’t find that groove until the second half of last week’s game against Kansas.

But neither of those teams have boasted especially explosive offenses. The Red Raiders average 41.1 points and 548.1 yards per game.

Struggle for a quarter with a bunch of three-and-outs, and the game can get out of hand in the blink of an eye.

“When you are playing a great offense, you want to get started quickly. You know they are going to put up points and get started quickly. That will be our main goal on Saturday, to be able to get started fast,” Ikard said. “We’ve really put our team in some bad spots in the last couple of weeks with the way we have started.”

Doesn’t matter how OU scores Saturday, but the longer the offense stays on the field the chances of winning greatly increase.

If OU can do it by constantly running the ball, along with the clock, the odds only get better.

“Defense has to get their stops too, but you play together as a team. Field position, you stay on the field, you get third down (conversions). Even if you get stopped, you hope you’re kind of midpoint on the field and you punt it and they’re on the 10 or 15. It’s all part of it,” Stoops said. “You have to complement one another offensively and defensively. Hopefully, we can do that.”

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