However, the respectful tones will end when the teams meet at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Owen Field. This is a game OU has been looking forward to for quite a while. Those who were critical cogs for the Sooners last season probably started thinking about it as they left Stillwater.
“It’s still a sour taste in our mouth, the way we went down there and laid an egg last year,” defensive end David King said. “A lot of guys on this defense were a part of that. We’re going to use that game last year as a motivator to come out. They came and put up 40-something points on us last year. That’s just not the way we want to play.”
Anyone else playing for the Sooners that doesn’t have that memory, has been getting non-stop history lessons from OU’s defensive coordinator. He believes a team is never more focused than when its pride is wounded.
“I think you can motivate a team by what you say and what you do and how you act,” Mike Stoops said. “This game is built on emotion and motivation … we say that wears off after a few plays but that’s not true. Your will to win, your determination to win is built as the week goes on. It certainly can be a factor in any game.”
If the Sooners lacked motivation last season, that won’t be the case on Saturday. Mike Stoops won’t let them forget.
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