OU FANS ASKED TO ‘STRIPE THE STADIUM' FOR WEST VIRGINIA GAME
Oklahoma football fans will be asked to “Stripe the Stadium” again for a second straight season when the Sooners open Big 12 Conference play Sept. 7 against West Virginia on Owen Field.
OU fans successfully pulled off the stunt last October, when the Sooners lost 30-13 to Notre Dame.
Fans with tickets in even-numbered seating sections are asked to wear crimson, and fans in odd-numbered sections should wear white.
Last November, Oklahoma won a 50-49 shootout over the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va.
This year's OU-West Virginia game is the second of the season for both teams. The Sooners open Aug. 31 at home against Louisiana-Monroe, and West Virginia plays the same day at home against William & Mary.
IRWIN PLAYING SOME TACKLE
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he's comfortable with where his offensive line is depth-wise entering the 2013 season opener next weekend.
“We probably have eight guys we feel pretty good about,” Stoops said.
The Sooners' five projected starters — guards Bronson Irwin and Adam Shead, center Gabe Ikard and tackles Daryl Williams and Tyrus Thompson — all have significant experience.
Oklahoma added three junior-college transfer offensive linemen in guards Dionte Savage and Tony Feo and tackle Josiah St. John.
OU seems very solid on the interior of its line, but still a tad thin at the tackle positions. Stoops said sophomore Derek Farniok, St. John and even Irwin are guys who can provide depth there.
“He does really well,” Stoops said of Irwin, a senior and former Mustang standout who started all 13 games last season at right guard.
WILLIAMS FEELS MORE COMFORTABLE ENTERING YEAR 2
Senior running back Damien Williams burst onto the scene last year after transferring to Oklahoma from Arizona Western.
He led the Sooners with 176 carries, 946 yards and 11 touchdowns, including several long, explosive runs like his 95-yard score in Oklahoma's rout of archrival Texas in the Cotton Bowl.
Williams said he feels more comfortable entering his second Division I season, but added that he doesn't want to ride on what he's already accomplished.
“You never wanna settle,” Williams said. “You always wanna push yourself. You always wanna find something wrong to push yourself and I feel like that's what I wanna do. Keep working on myself and better my game.”
Williams said the biggest surprise about Division I football last year was the size and speed of the players compared to junior-college guys.
“When you're on this level, you can tell the difference in the people who wanna go to the next level,” Williams said. “I feel like in the Big 12, you have a lot of guys wanting to go to the next level. They show it by flying around on the field, never taking a play off. In junior college, you have guys taking plays off. Up here, guys are working hard. You've gotta play on a higher level.”
Senior wide receiver Lacoltan Bester, on the offense's goal for the season:
“Our goal is to be the No. 1 offense in America. That's what we want.”