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.