Tommy Tuberville and his players preview the OU-Tech game
By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com – @anthonyVslater
The Red Raiders and their rowdy crowd will be decked out in all black on Saturday afternoon, from the on-field jerseys to the upper deck.
It’ll be a Lubbock blackout similar to the nationally televised one awaiting Texas in 2008, eventually leading to a wild Tech win.
That was one of a few interesting tidbits from Tech’s monday presser, previewing Saturday’s ranked tilt between the soul-searching Sooners and red hot Red Raiders. Here are a few others:
Coach Tommy Tuberville
Opening statement on the game…
It will be a fight like the rest of them will the rest of the year. They’re coming off an open date week. They were disappointed in their loss to Kansas State, and they turned the ball over. Had a great opportunity to win the game, just didn’t do it. I’m sure they’ve had a tough week of practice getting ready and looking forward to playing us. Especially after we stopped their home winning streak last year. Interesting scenario of playing Oklahoma. All of the things that have kind of built up of them losing and then losing to us last year and then coming on the road. So it will be a big-time atmosphere for us. Hopefully we’ll have a lot of fans. We’ll wear all black in the game. We’re asking all fans to wear as much black as they possibly can. It’s going to be a cool day around 70°, so that shouldn’t be a problem. So we want to show the people on national television what we look like in terms of being a Red Raider when we have a blackout game. So we’re looking forward to that.
On Landry Jones…
But they’ve got Landry Jones. He’s back. He didn’t have a great game against us last year. I’m sure he’s looking forward to getting back in the saddle and going against our defense. It will be a challenge for us. They can run. They can throw. It will be the most balanced team we’ve seen offensively, and their defense has tremendous speed and they can cover ground.
On last year’s game…
Last year we caught them in a couple of situations on our screen pass. We were able to get a couple of deep routes on them. We had a few draw plays that worked. One of those nights where it looked like everything worked on both sides. That was last year. This year coming up, we’ll get a different football team in terms of motivation from Oklahoma. They’re well-coached, they’re well-prepared, and they, as well as us, are getting ready for a hard stretch down the road of a lot of conference games back-to-back after we both had our open dates.
CB Cornelius Douglas
On the extra motivation of playing OU (Douglas is from Lawton)…
Not really. I’m kind of over that. That was freshman year they didn’t recruit me. It’s just a business trip now, I’ve got to get the W.
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