"I don’t know what Texas is thinking, but I know the University of Oklahoma football team is thinking about this year, not last year,” said Sooner defensive tackle G.K. McCoy.
Bob Stoops is more than happy to leave vengeance to the Lord.
"We don’t get into revenge stuff,” Stoops said. "I don’t think that’s ever a good motivation.”
Stoops says payback talk is a sign of disrespect. "All of a sudden, they had no business beating you?” Stoops asked. "I don’t get into that.”
Well, his brother Mike seemed to think different in 2003 when he reveled in OU’s 52-9 Bedlam rout, after two straight losses to Oklahoma State.
"Everyone makes a big deal about it,” Bob Stoops said of revenge. "But in the end, the objective is the championship. In the end, it all gets down to winning not just this game, but the rest of ‘em.”
Besides, revenge doesn’t seem to play well in this series of streaks. Only five times since 1935 has a school in this series gone win-loss-win in any three-game span.
If OU wins, the sequence for the Sooners the last four years is loss-win-loss-win. Not since 1914-17 has this series produced such an A-B-A-B pattern.
If vengeance mattered on the field, you’d think we’d have a different winner almost every year.
But vengeance matters in the stands, where both sides demand a pound of flesh for the events of 2008.
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