The Norman Transcript


November 3, 2013

OU bracing for offensive onslaught in Waco



In other words: Panic sets after several scoring drives. It’s happened repeatedly to Baylor’s first seven opponents. All seven trailed by 11 points at halftime. All but Kansas State, which has been the only team to seriously give the Bears a run for their money before falling 35-25, trailing by at least 31 points at halftime.

“At the end of the day we’ve got to play our game,” Sanchez said. “We can’t worry about what they’re gonna do. We’ve got to react to it and be prepared and have our best scheme ready to play. It’s nothing that they can do, it’s just what we’ve got to do as a defense.”

Will the Sooners be able to show the poise six of Baylor’s seven opponents lacked?

It will be up to the defense. If it can hold the Bears to less than 40 points, OU has a fighting chance Thursday night.

Those weren’t the expectations Stoops had when OU faced Baylor 51 weeks ago. But a lot can change in that span of time.

“It’s funny, we came in here and I didn’t feel very good about it,” he said. “This team, if you can hold them to numbers like that, you have a great chance to win. That’s what we were able to do a year ago and it’s the type of game you are going to be in.”

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