“Everybody gets jacked up when we get turnovers and big plays,” Fleming said. “Gives us a little edge and momentum. A lot of swag.”
Swag. That's what those early-Stoops routs of Texas provided, and that's what this one figures to provide, too.
The Sooners came in jacked up and left sky high. New hurdles keep popping up – that Oct. 29 game at Kansas State now seems like a briar patch – but this game will embolden a team that already looked championship-caliber.
“It's natural in this game,” Stoops said of exalted emotion. “But when you're having success … it's blood in the water. They want more of it.”
The Sooner defense did what a dominant defense should do against shaky quarterbacking. Attack, attack, attack.
D-coordinator Brent Venables said his unit “played with great purpose and focus. Kind of a perfect storm.” The defensive front, sometimes in a traditional 4-3, sometimes with four defensive ends to chase UT's happy-feet quarterbacks, created a new line of scrimmage, pushing the ‘Horns back.
“We've got some athletic guys that want the football,” Venables said. “They're instinctive. Some guys are ball magnets. Some aren't. We've got a group of guys that are. It can be a snowball effect. Everybody wants a piece of the action.
“That's important when you talk about the LSUs and Alabamas. Their back four guys, back five, are a bunch of creatures. Godzillas that seem to take up the whole field.”
That's what Fleming and Hurst and Jefferson and Aaron Colvin seemed to do Saturday. When your defensive line is physical, and your defensive backs are as physical as your line, you've got a defense.
That's what the Sooners had Saturday, when they reminded the pollster why they were No. 1 in the first place and reminded Texas who really owns this conference.
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