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November 13, 2012

Line getting healthy

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NORMAN —

OU has nine interceptions this season. The Tony Jefferson pick against Iowa State came near the sideline. The rest have been in the middle of the field.

Third-down defense: Baylor converted 11 of 20 third downs against OU. The ability to get offenses off the field has been a growing problem this season. The Sooners’ third-down defense percentage of 41.5 (61 of 147) is 74th in the country.

Defensive end R.J. Washington believes the issue has been quarterbacks having too much time to throw.

“We need to get more pressure on the quarterback and get more batted balls and we need more sacks. A lot of that falls on the d-line,” Washington said. “It’s our responsibility and our job to help the secondary. They can’t cover for days.”

Keeping warm: As of Monday, the weather forecast for the West Virginia game doesn’t seem too bad. The high temperature on Saturday is expected to be in the mid-50s.

If it is going to get cold, defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp has come up with an interesting way to stay warm.

“Coach Shipp has this method of Vasoline,” tackle Casey Walker said. “If you put it on real thick it clogs up the pores. You start sweating it helps the heat stay inside. We’re gonna see how it works.”

Bedlam set for 2:30 p.m. kick: The Big 12 Conference announced on Monday that Bedlam game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. from Owen Field on Nov. 24.

Details on the broadcasting network will be announced at a later date. The 106th meeting between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

John ShinnFollow me @john_shinnjshinn@normantranscript.com

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