Asked repeatedly during his weekly press conference about the Sooners' struggles away from Norman, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops fired back.
"I think we play better on the road than most teams," Stoops said early at his Tuesday press conference. "In the end I don't see that being an issue."
But the past six seasons it has been an issue. OU has been a different team away from Owen Field.
The Sooners have won 35 consecutive home games but are 22-18 away from Norman since 2005.
In two road games this season, OU edged Cincinnati 31-29 and lost at Missouri.
"Give Missouri credit," Stoops said. "They obviously played better than we did. In the end you learn from it. We feel there are things scheme-wise we could have done differently or should have that we'll look at.
"We also were in position but a player makes a good play for them. Other times, player-wise we could have played better and we didn't execute well. It's always a little bit of all that. In the end they're a good football team."
Twenty minutes and 21 questions after the initial road struggles question, Stoops was asked several times about the disparity between the home and road records compared to OU teams that prospered on the road earlier in his tenure.
"You're talking about a national championship year," Stoops said. "Two seasons in a row we were undefeated (during the regular season). We obviously aren't that kind of team like we were when we were having undefeated seasons since we've already lost once. What are you asking?"
The follow-up question was why OU has been dominant at home, close to a .500 team away from Norman since 2005.
"I guess I'd like to see what everybody else's (road) record is," Stoops said. "Go ahead and Google it up and I bet it's not a lot different. I bet everybody else is around that away from home, I'm just guessing. In the end there's no magic to it."
Informed Texas, Florida, Oregon and a few other teams have fared better on the road the past five years, Stoops dodged the question and reverted back to the Missouri game.
"We played another team that was undefeated at the time," Stoops said. "They were playing well. We turned the ball over or they forced turnovers. Sometimes they force your hand and they get a better play than you. That's it. If that happened here at home, we'd lose, too."
Stoops also was asked about quarterback Landry Jones' road struggles last season and his 0-of-7 fourth quarter in the loss at Missouri.
"It isn't just him," Stoops said. "Who was open? He didn't make all those plays the other night (against Colorado) by himself. You have to be protected. You have to have guys get open. You have to have this, that and the other.
"I don't buy that (it's Jones' fault). He wouldn't have looked so good the other night if Ryan (Broyles) wasn't behind everybody or protection broke down and he was on his back. This is the ultimate team sport. One guy is not going to do it."
Is it as simple as if OU wins the turnover battle Saturday night in College Station the Sooners should win?
"If we play well in other areas, too," Stoops said. "It's going to take more than that. This isn't our first time to play at A&M. We go to every (South) school every other year. We've been going down to A&M for a long time."
Some of Stoops' comments on other subjects:
Baylor's win over Texas signifies parity:
"I've said it for the last several years I really believe there are more and more players out of high school, quality, really good players every year. They're training at younger ages. They're stronger, better. The coaching is excellent. They're more physically developed as they come out.
"Everybody is getting good players for the most part, so therefore there's more parity. Anyone can beat anybody. It's obvious this year to everyone. And it's getting more and more that way every year."
Glad elections are over:
"I can't listen to (campaign ads). You talk about negative recruiting. Geez. They'd have us in front of the NCAA board. I'd have been suspended by now for some of the things that are out there."
"(Defensive tackle) Casey Walker will not play. (Defensive end) Ronnell Lewis has a chance to play but that's not a real strong chance. (Defensive tackle) Daniel Noble is doubtful, too."
On A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill compared to Jerrod Johnson:
"They're both big guys. They both throw the ball well. They both have the ability to scramble around. In some ways they're pretty similar in how they play and their body structure and the offense they run with them."
On Mossis Madu not playing:
"The past couple of games he's fumbled the football. These other guys we feel have been more responsible with it and are coming on. They deserved an opportunity as well."