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October 11, 2013

Is there a secret formula to rout Texas?

(Continued)

NORMAN —

It would be easy to think OU jumped on Texas early and knocked them out before halftime. In some ways that’s true. OU’s led by three touchdowns at halftime the last two years.

But the brunt of that damage has been inflicted in the second quarter. Last season OU outscored Texas 23-0 in the second quarter to build a 36-2 halftime lead. The game was over, but Texas was down just 13-2 when the quarter began.

In 2011, it was a 6-3 game with 15 minutes left until halftime. Then the Sooners scored touchdowns on three straight possessions and threw in a 55-yard interception return for another touchdown to build a 34-10 halftime lead.

If there’s anything beyond those factors that have caused the previous two editions of the Red River Rivalry to get out of hand, OU has taken a vow of silence.

There’s no sense that OU’s prepared for Saturday’s meeting in any different way. There’s been a lot of talk about OU winning its fourth straight in the rivalry. But how it’s prepared has changed.

“We constantly talk about how we’re gonna be at our best. How do we put ourselves in position on Saturday to function at our absolute best,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “That’s what we’re always looking forward to.”

Considering the way it’s worked when preparing for Texas, why change anything?

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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