Linebacker Travis Lewis said at Big 12 media days two months ago in Dallas he watched Boise State film over the summer to prepare for Texas, knowing the Longhorns had a new offensive coordinator who was previously at Boise State.
“I think that's just Travis being the assistant coach that he is,” said nickelback Tony Jefferson, laughing. “I don't know where he would even get Boise State film.”
LIKE OLD TIMES
Texas was down last season, but the Longhorns have some momentum heading into this year's game.
“Obviously it's high stakes for both teams with us both being undefeated. I'm excited,” Lewis said. “There's nothing like Texas week, especially being from Texas, there's a little rivalry. OU-Texas, there's no bigger game of the year than this one.”
MUCH IMPROVED DEFENSE
After a subpar game against Missouri, OU's defense held Ball State to 10 first downs, 214 yards of offense and two field goals.
“Our players realized we didn't play the way we were capable of,” said OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “It doesn't take much to be off your game. There are so many intangibles that go into how you play well and how you can lose focus.
“With the social media, we're at Oklahoma where you're on a different stage. You're dealing with young people. They can put their guard down pretty easily. Our responsibility as coaches is to keep them on edge. (I'm) very pleased with the focus that our guys played with for four quarters.”
OU coaches emphasized to defensive linemen to bat down balls throughout two-a-days. The staff felt Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning was especially susceptible.
“(Defensive end coach Bobby Jack) Wright called it before the game. He said we're going to have a bunch of tipped balls,” Venables said. “We felt that the quarterback had a little bit of a low release and they had a short, controlled passing game, so it'd be a lot of throws in the windows.
“(I'm) happy with our guys' anticipation, recognition. We didn't sack him. We knew that going in, they'd played a controlled, protected (passing) game where they wouldn't expose themselves.”