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Back-to-back shootouts and eight weeks without a bye; will OU be drained Saturday?

by Jason Kersey Published: November 27, 2012
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said his team shouldn't have any trouble being motivated for Saturday's season finale at TCU. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said his team shouldn't have any trouble being motivated for Saturday's season finale at TCU. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
NORMAN — Oklahoma players may be drained from back-to-back shootout, come-from-behind victories, but they’ve still got to gear up for Saturday’s regular-season finale at TCU.

Nov. 17, quarterback Landry Jones led a game winning drive in the fourth quarter that allowed OU to escape Morgantown, W.Va., with a 50-49 victory.

Then last weekend, the Sooners rallied to beat Bedlam rival Oklahoma State, 51-48, in overtime; OU took its first and only lead of the game when Brennan Clay scored his 18-yard touchdown that ended the game.

Also, the TCU contest represents Oklahoma’s ninth straight game without an off week; the Sooners last had a bye the weekend of Sept. 29.

After consecutive games like West Virginia and Bedlam — and eight games without a break — what does this team have left in the tank?

OU clinches at least a share of the Big 12 championship with a win, so there’s plenty of motivation for Saturday, coach Bob Stoops said.

“In the end, there’s nothing to bounce back from,” Stoops said. “Everything’s in front of us. We’ve got a big game … with championship implications. All of that in front of you, so if anything, I would think it’d give you some momentum.”

Jones, though, admitted that it’s not easy to move right into another huge game after the Bedlam thriller.

“It’s hard to come back and be focused and be all into a game whenever you have these emotional games, I know for sure, because it’s draining,” Jones said.

“It’s exhausting to play in those games and it’s hard to get back up for practice, it’s hard to forget about that game and move on to the next opponent.”

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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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