Even though Kevin Wilson is no longer offensive coordinator, Oklahoma will still operate its fast-tempo, hurry-up offense in the Fiesta Bowl.
An attack Connecticut coach Randy Edsall admitted will be difficult for the Huskies to prepare for.
"We can't really simulate the speed with which their offense gets lined up,â€ Edsall said this week. â€œThey're a well-oiled machine on offense.â€
Not all of UConn's players, however, are as concerned with OU's fast pace.
"When we played Michigan, it was all about during camp going quick tempo and conditioning ourselves for that,â€ cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson said. "I think we'll be fine with the pace just because when they do the pace we know the plays they're going to run after the quick tempo. A lot of the stuff they run we've seen on film from other teams. They just have great athletes at the skill positions, a good back and a good quarterback, so they have good timing and execution out of it."
MISTER FOURTH QUARTER
Senior wide receiver Cameron Kenney is ending his Sooner career with quite the bang. His fourth quarter catches in wins over Oklahoma and Nebraska might be OU's two biggest receptions of the season.
â€œOur last two games, he came up with some big plays in third down situations when we really needed them,â€ coach Bob Stoops said.
At OSU, Kenney's 86-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter helped put the Cowboys away. Then in the fourth quarter against Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship, Kenney made a 23-yard catch on third-and-24 and followed it up the next play with an 11-yard catch on fourth down to move the chains. All setting up a field goal that put OU ahead for the first time in the game. And put the Sooners up for good.
When I had my opportunities, I executed,â€ said Kenney. who after the Big 12 Championship, suffered a scare with a minor knee injury in practice, but is already back practicing on it some and is expected to be fine for the Fiesta Bowl.
â€œI just never gave up on the plays.â€
On Wednesday, the Sooners conducted their final practice of the week and now have the next few days to spend Christmas with their families and friends.
The Sooners will reconvene in Phoenix on Sunday and begin a normal practice week leading up to the game that Saturday.
â€œWe will go back through (the game plan) when we get out to the bowl game,â€ Stoops said, â€œand we will go back through our normal Monday-through-Friday routine leading up to the game."
The Sooners are scheduled to land in Phoenix around noon Sunday.
Dave Teggart, on the aftermath of his game-winning 52-yard field goal against South Florida that clinched UConn's BCS berth: "I had 85 new text messages. I got back to my Facebook and had 100 new friend requests and people poking me. I don't even know what a poke is."