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November 13, 2012

OU ready to make first trek to West Virginia

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NORMAN —

This weekend’s jaunt to West Virginia is different.

“I think we’ve always kind of looked forward to this game because they’re new in our conference and I’ve never really played these guys, “ quarterback Landry Jones said. “I’ve never been to Morgantown or anything like that. Everybody’s really excited to go up there and play them.”

However, excitement alone doesn’t translate into great football. What OU has figured out this season is that it is tougher to win on the road. It has finally embraced that challenge. They have to be focused during the week and they have to be in the game when 60,000 fans are cheering their every flaw.

“It just brings your team closer, because that’s all you have on the road really, “ defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland said. “There are a few fans who travel with you, but it’s all about what’s in your locker room.”

There will be some OU fans there. OU coach Bob Stoops said there will be a couple of busloads from his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, that make the trip two and a half hours south, southeast for the game.

No matter how many members of the Stoops family or longtime friends make the trip, OU fans will be a minority on Saturday. This season at least, OU has been its best under those circumstances.

John ShinnFollow me @john_shinnjshinn@normantranscript.com

 

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