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October 27, 2013

Sooners finding out what they’re made of

NORMAN — Because it’s still hard to know just how good Texas Tech really is, it remains difficult to know just how good the Sooner Nation’s team is, too.

Oklahoma has posted one shutout and almost a second, it stemmed the tide at Notre Dame just as the Irish appeared to have victory within their grasp. It did not show up at the Cotton Bowl and still it’s hard to understand why.

A good team, a better-than-expected team, perhaps, to these facts we can cop. And still, that age old question — how good are they? — remains elusive.

Yet, what the Sooners are made of is far more certain. They’re a tough team. A resilient team. A team capable of turning things around, and not just week to week, but series to series, quarter to quarter, within the same game.

If the Sooners couldn’t flip momentum, Saturday night at Owen Field might have turned out very differently.

Only they did, and it didn’t.

OU bounced Texas Tech from the ranks of the unbeaten via a 38-30 count that was hardly dominant, but so impressive nonetheless.

During the week leading up to the game, Bob Stoops was asked about his team’s identity and he didn’t really have an answer. Instead, he talked about execution, because it’s not that he wants his team to play a certain way, but that he wants it to play well, however it chooses to play.

Saturday, though, he might have found something.

“I’m really excited about our team’s resilience,” he said.

Think about that and think when maybe the last time that was. Stoops likely likes all of his teams, and fortitude is a season-to-season variable.

OU came out slow, yet rebounded to lead at the half before building on that lead in its first series after the half.

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