OU coach Bob Stoops: Experience not necessarily on Sooners' side in Bedlam

by Michael Baldwin Modified: November 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm •  Published: November 22, 2010

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops disagreed with a question on the weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference that the Sooners might have an edge Saturday night in Bedlam because OU has more experience than OSU in big games.

"Last year they had an opportunity. They were in a similar situation a year ago," Stoops said. "Oklahoma State had BCS possibilities. They have some experience with it. We do (as well).

"Our guys have talked about that. Some of guys that have been here four or five years, even our juniors, have been in this situation in 2007 and 2008 when we went into these last games with opportunities to keep pursuing Big 12 championships and national championships."

For the ninth time in 11 years OU enters Bedlam with an opportunity to win the South.

"Our guys need to embrace it," Stoops said. "That's we've been doing around here. Hopefully we can do it again."

Since both teams have dynamic offenses and both defenses that have been inconsistent most forecast a shootout.

This isn't the first time the Sooners have faced a dynamic OSU offense led by talented "triplets" at the three main skill positions.

The difference this time is OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen is calling plays.

Does Stoops see similarities between the Cowboys and Texas Tech offenses Holgorsen was involved with?

"There are some principles that are still there but they're different," Stoops said. "Dana has put his own fingerprints on it for sure the run game. You see quite a few differences in the willingness to run the football. That's the biggest one. But you still see some things that are the footprints Tech has done in the past."

It's the biggest challenge this season for OU's defense.

OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden is second nationally in passing yards. Running back Kendall Hunter is fifth nationally in rushing. Justin Blackmon leads the country in receiving yards.

"The biggest thing is they execute well and they have a lot of good playmakers," Stoops said. "Put the two of them together and you have a high powered offense."

The Sooners counter with an offense that features quarterback Landry Jones, ranked third nationally in passing; wide receiver Ryan Broyles, ranked first in catches per game and third in receiving yards and running back DeMarco Murray, OU's all-time leader in touchdowns.

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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