The Sooners have had four errant snaps this season. Center Ben Habern and quarterback Landry Jones both accepted blame for last week's high snap on the first play from scrimmage that gave Texas A&M a safety for a 2-0 lead.
Habern said it's a challenge to consistently make good snaps when he's concentrating on his blocking assignment.
"It's definitely difficult, especially when you go against a 50 defense and there's a nose guard on top of you," Habern said. "He's four or five inches from your face. It's difficult to snap the ball and get my hands up. But that's not an excuse for snapping it high.
"I have had thousands and thousands of snaps since I've been here. Sometimes I think I try to block before I snap the football. Coach (James) Patton and coach (Kevin) Wilson always remind me the snap is the most important thing."
TEXAS TECH OFFENSE LEACH-LIKE
First-year Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville's plan was to be more balanced on offense but statistically the Red Raiders are similar to the Mike Leach era. Tech is last in the Big 12 in rushing but ran for 198 yards last week in a win over Missouri.
For the season 71 percent of the Red Raiders' yards have come through the air. Quarterback Taylor Potts has thrown for 2,576 yards and 24 touchdowns.
"For the most part they're still spread it out," said OU safety Jonathan Nelson. "It's more quick passes similar to Missouri. They try to spread you out and get their skill guys one on one with linebackers or defensive backs. They're really good at that."
MURRAY DOAK WALKER FINALIST
Senior running back DeMarco Murray, the team's leading rusher (832 yards) and second leading receiver (50 catches, 358 yards), has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker award, presented to the nation's top running back.
Murray is OU's all-time leader in touchdowns (61) and all-purpose yards (6,100). Among the other 10 semifinalists are Big 12 backs Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State) and Daniel Thomas (Kansas State).
TECH HAS OKLAHOMA TIES
The Red Raiders have seven players from Oklahoma, including five starters, four on defense -- defensive tackles Pearlie Graves (Tulsa East Central) and Colby Whitlock (Noble), cornerback LaRon Moore (Midwest City) and safety Tre' Porter (Carl Albert). Wide receiver Tramain Swindall (Millwood) starts on offense.
RED RAIDERS DIG EARLY HOLES
Tuberville started quarterback Steven Sheffield last week over Potts to try and change a trend of falling behind early in games. The Red Raiders trailed Iowa State 24-0, Oklahoma State 21-0, Colorado 17-7 and Texas A&M 17-7.
Tech still got off to another slow start with Sheffield, trailing 17-3, before Potts came off the bench to throw three touchdowns to rally the Red Raiders to a 24-17 win.
â€œSince Potts had been through it before we said, â€˜Let's put him in and see if he can get us going,'â€ Tuberville said. â€œIt's a little different having two seniors that have played, knowing you might have the wrong guy in the game. Both have done well at times and both have struggled at times.â€
HEUPEL FOUNDATION THANKSGIVING COLLECTION
Josh Heupel's 14 Foundation will hold its annual Thanksgiving collection at Saturday's game. Fans can make cash donations outside stadium gates prior to the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
Proceeds from the 10th annual drive will benefit families in Ada, Ardmore, Enid, Kingfisher, Lawton, Norman, Oklahoma City and Sand Springs. The past decade more than 7,500 families have been supported by the event.