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And just like that, Oklahoma shows it's dangerous again

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 25, 2007 at 2:10 pm •  Published: November 25, 2007

rst team vs. first team. Full speed drills on running plays. Here's how intense were the OU practices; quarterback Sam Bradford, recovering from a concussion, skipped the running plays and not the pass plays.

"We got challenged to really make a statement, from every coach on the staff, to run the ball strong,” center Jon Cooper said.

What went missing in Lubbock was found in Bedlam.

Wilson said initially he wanted to protect Bradford as much as possible, and Stoops said OU was ready to run or pass, "but when it's going so well, why change it?”

Bradford threw seven passes in the first half and OU scored 28 points, reaching the end zone on all four possessions.

Running the ball like that kept Robinson and Dantrell Savage on the bench and made every Cowboy series crucial, which only helped the Sooner defense.

"Perfect example of playing together as a team,” Stoops said.

Stoops trotted out terms like "positive, really excited and really pleased ... we played what I like to call a clean game.”

Clean is high praise from Stoops. The Sooners committed only two penalties, both five yards in length, and didn't fumble.

OU imposed its will. That's an overused phrase in sport, but that's exactly what happened Saturday. Coming back from Lubbock, OU seemed vulnerable, even at home, against the Cowboys. But on the same field, the difference between these two teams was vast.

"South champs again,” Stoops said, referring to the sixth Big 12 South title in his nine seasons. "The South trophy's nice, but we want the other one. It's out there for us.”

The only downer for the Sooners was knowing the attitude came a week too late to save national championship hopes.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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