After Saturday's 38-30 win over Texas Tech, Sooners coach Bob Stoops tried to act like the game against an undefeated Red Raiders team and the next against undefeated Baylor were just like any other.
“Same with next week, same with the week after that,” Stoops said when asked if the game was a turning-point. “When you're at Oklahoma and lose a game …”
Then, though, Stoops admitted that the games were a big stretch for his team.
“Yeah, it is,” Stoops said. “But did I go into the week knowing that? I may look dumb but I'm not.”
Linebacker Eric Striker said he'd been waiting for the game against Baylor. The Sooners will play in Waco, Texas, on Thursday, Nov. 7.
“I've been keeping that game in the back of my mind for a long time,” Striker said. “I can't wait to get out there.”
After giving up eight sacks over the past three games, the Sooners did not allow Blake Bell to be sacked against Texas Tech.
“The O-line, I was really excited,” Stoops said. “We go through a game with 277 rushing and no sacks. They did a great job along with Aaron Ripkowski and (Trey) Millard.”
It was the second time this season the Sooners have not allowed a sack. The other came Sept. 28 in the win over Notre Dame.
“I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage pretty well,” Sooners center Gabe Ikard said. “Obviously several things can be better. We left some things out there, but got a tough, tough win in some tough conditions against a good team.”
ANOTHER BIG-SACK GAME
For the second consecutive game, Oklahoma's defense came up with three sacks.
Chuka Ndulue and Striker came up with individual sacks while Striker and Geneo Grissom teamed up for another.
The Sooners have 10 of their 14 sacks over the last four games, though none came against Texas.
“Our pressure's been good,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “People get the ball out quick anymore, and you're not going to have a ton of sacks when we play teams. Our pressure's been pretty consistent all year. I've been pretty happy with it.”