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OU coach Bob Stoops addresses OSU, DeMarco Murray, Big 12 title chances

By Jake Trotter - Staff Writer Modified: November 25, 2008 at 4:34 pm •  Published: November 25, 2008
NORMAN — Last year, Oklahoma struggled on the road.

This season, the Sooners have dominated.

In its four true road games, OU has outscored the opposition by an average of 33 points a game.

“I feel very good about our attitude and the way we have played on the road thus far this season,” coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. “It has been very businesslike, and the guys have been very focused, concentrated and played well.”

The Sooners’ road wins, however, came against teams with losing records: Washington (0-12), Baylor (4-7), Kansas State (5-7) and Texas A&M (4-7).

OSU will provide, by far, OU’s toughest road test of the season. The No. 12-ranked Pokes are unbeaten at home and have scored 50 points in all but one game at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Here were some of the other talking points from Stooops’ press conference:

On the secondary: “They have been very good. They have tackled really well overall. Those guys have played great. Lendy Holmes has had a number of big plays with interceptions and some big hits as well. Nic (Harris) had a great night the other night covering as well. Dom Franks had a nice night knocking down some balls and the same with Brian Jackson. They have been very solid both covering and playing the run.”

On Oklahoma State’s offense: “They do a great job and it really all begins with them running the football. They do it various ways with a couple of excellent running backs, but Zac Robinson adds another dimension as well. You really have to be physical and disciplined up front to read out their schemes and be in position to tackle. They are going to try and fool you with the play-action pass. Zac Robinson is an excellent thrower and they have excellent targets out there for him to hit.

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