OU football coach Bob Stoops: Don't make too much of blowout of Florida State, narrow win over Utah State

After a too-close victory over Utah State and a blowout of ACC-power Florida State, Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops urges fans and media not to read too much into either victory.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: September 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm •  Published: September 13, 2010

Coaches often say one key to sustained success is to never get too high and never get too low. That's Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' approach after two distinctly different games.

"People made too much of a week ago. People will make too much of this week," Stoops said Monday during the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "In the end, it's two games. We've got a long season ahead of us. We have an excellent team coming in this week and our players know that."

Led by Landry Jones, named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 380 yards and four touchdowns, the Sooners rolled over Florida State 47-17 Saturday.

Since it was a dramatically different performance compared to a 31-24 win over Utah State in the opener, Stoops was asked if season openers sometimes are unusual.

"There's a little bit of that," Stoops said. "We don't get preseason games like the NFL does. It is a little hard to come out of the chute and be at your best. And I think also sometimes the style of offense or defense you're going against can be different than what you're used to or have done all summer.

"There are a lot of different reasons. In the end, that's why I don't make too much of the first or second week. It's kind of what are you through three, four or five weeks."

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