Oklahoma football: Game in Lubbock might offer more problems than just Texas Tech

In previous years, Red Raider fans threw batteries, coins and food at OU players and coaches.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: September 30, 2012

But Oklahoma's complaints about Lubbock weren't just on the field. Ratterree said the pregame meal at the hotel was so bad that some of the players couldn't even eat the breakfast before heading to the stadium.

Sometimes, when you're far from the field and from the unprintable sentences that come out of some fans' mouths, it's easy to overlook what isn't happening on the playing field. Stories like these show just how much this game means to people and how sometimes, they forget that these are just 18- to 23-year-olds playing college ball.

Still, next Saturday, Stoops will ask Oklahoma to come ready to play. Players, most likely, won't talk about what fans did — although they'll be asked. They'll mainly talk about their on-field performance, never mentioning the fans or the pregame meal.

Ratterree said there is a way for Oklahoma to overcome the woes of Lubbock.

“ ... you have to minimize mistakes throughout the game and keep the momentum on your side,” Ratterree said. “That place is specifically hard to tilt the momentum back in your favor once you've lost it. That sort of environment makes it especially hard to focus.”

That, and keep the helmets on.

Staff writer Trent Shadid contributed to this report.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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