After dominating Texas, Sooners surge into top 10

Associated Press Modified: October 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm •  Published: October 14, 2012
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That means taking no game lightly.

"It's great. Any time you can beat Texas, and especially in the fashion that we beat them in, it's only an energy-booster," Colvin said. "But it all stops on Monday. Just like Texas Tech, we came back Monday and we forgot about that game. I honestly felt like all our focus was on Texas. That's the same thing we're going to do about Kansas.

"Regardless of who we're playing, we're going out there Monday ready to go into battle."

Just as he was eager to tamp down criticism after the 24-19 loss to Kansas State last month, coach Bob Stoops doesn't want anyone getting too carried away by how impressive the Sooners were in their latest game. He refuses to put any greater meaning into one victory.

"We're a team that's 4-1 right now. We beat Texas, we beat Texas Tech in the league. That's it," Stoops said. "We've got a long road to travel. This game, for my 14 years, has never been the end-all on our season. It's a part of it, but we've got a long road still in front of us. We've got to keep getting better. I think we will."

One driving force will be the memory of what can go wrong. Three turnovers played a role in the Kansas State loss, and a sturdy defense couldn't come up with third-down stops when it mattered most in the fourth quarter.

"It's not miles, it's inches of building blocks on top of each game," Jones said. "We're capable of doing, I think, whatever we want to do. We're capable of being this type of offense and being dominant and then we're also capable of a Kansas State-type of offense and not playing very well."

Going forward, the Sooners will try to duplicate the approach that proved so successful against the Longhorns. Not every game will be a rivalry game but there are a slew of challenges, including a visit by No. 5 Notre Dame on Oct. 27, a trip to No. 17 West Virginia on Nov. 17 and the Bedlam showdown against Oklahoma State.

"We're going to attack," Jones said. "We're going to be the people that are going to push the pace and we're going to set the tempo. We're not going to wait around for anybody to tell us what we're going to do.

"We're going to go out there and we're going to play hard, we're going to play tough and we're going to play Sooner football."