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Jay Norvell: Offense must get off to fast start against West Virginia

by Jason Kersey Published: November 15, 2012
Quarterback Landry Jones and the OU offense has scored touchdowns on its first drive in each of the last two games. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Quarterback Landry Jones and the OU offense has scored touchdowns on its first drive in each of the last two games. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
PITTSBURGH — Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell is pleased with how well the Sooners performed on their first two drives last weekend against Baylor, and said a similar quick start will be important Saturday against West Virginia.

“It’s important, especially on the road, to start well,” Norvell said. “You’ve got a hostile crowd; it’s a night game and they’ve been looking forward to this game.

“When we can run the ball and have good mix on our first drive, and go down and score a touchdown in the red zone, that really sets our team off with a lot of confidence. Especially knowing you’ve got an explosive team you’re playing against that you’re gonna have your hands full with all day.”

The Sooners scored touchdowns on each of their first two drives in a 42-34 win over the Bears.

“To drive the ball 12, 14 plays means a lot of people are doing things right,” he said. “We’ve got to continue to do that. We’d like to mix some big plays in there to get a big chunk, a big pass, a big run, but to be able to execute play after play after play on a long drive to score … that was impressive and we’ve got to continue to do that.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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