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April 18, 2010

Wanting to win, annual spring game had players’ attention

NORMAN — Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis arrived at Owen Field Saturday wearing nothing but white. He was a member of the White team for the Sooners’ spring game and he wanted anyone in sight to know. If they couldn’t see, Lewis was loud enough so that only the deaf could ignore him.

He was brash and certainly cocky. He was ready to play a game and he wasn’t alone.

OU coach Bob Stoops altered the format for the Red/White Game to make sure it was more like, well, an actual game. Teams were split via a draft conducted by the seniors Thursday and players treated it more like a game than the collection of plays it had been in the past.

“Walking out there, I really felt we were in game mode. That pregame everyone was flying around, stretching and talking mess to each other. I felt like it was really a game situation,” Lewis said. “This new setup is great for everybody.”

Of course, Lewis and the rest of those in White got to do the celebrating after a 23-0 victory in front of over 16,000 rank-soaked fans.

The White had some advantages.

For one, it had Landry Jones. The Sooners’ starting quarterback played like a more mature version of the player who led OU to a Sun Bowl victory to end the 2009 season.

He threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns.

It might not seem like much. Statistically, his 17-for-34 completion rate didn’t raise many eyebrows, but he didn’t have every weapon at his disposal. Ryan Broyles, who caught four passes for 69 yards, played for the Red team. So did Jaz Reynolds, who had two for 65.

Instead, he threw touchdown passes to freshman Kenny Stills, who enrolled at OU for the spring semester, and Trent Ratterree, who caught 11 passes last season.

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