The Norman Transcript


October 9, 2012

Sooners can advance faster now that bye weeks are finished



“Yeah, we just played. It’s pretty simple. We just played a lot better,” quarterback Landry Jones said. “All around the board — me, offensive line, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, fullbacks — everyone just stepped up and played the way I think we’re playing. Maybe we missed some things, but as a whole and as a whole game, we played like we’re used to playing around this place.”

Defensive end R.J. Washington had a similar impression on his side of the ball.

“The first couple of games we weren’t playing OU-type defense. We weren’t hitting people in the mouth,” he said. “This last game, we showed what we can do. Now we have to go and do it every week.”

The performance against Texas Tech could serve as a launching point.

OU teams that have played well typically go on to do pretty good things. The teams that allowed OU coach Bob Stoops to compile his eight wins in 13 tries against the Longhorns have averaged 11.6 wins per season.

The Sooners believe they’re on that path again. The performance against Texas Tech was validation.

Stoops wants to see more.

“I just expect them to continue to work hard … Hopefully, as we start playing week to week,” he said, “we can continue making improvements.”

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