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OU football notebook: Spring game will change formats

by Michael Baldwin Published: April 10, 2012

The past three years, Oklahoma coaches drafted teams and played a Red versus White spring game. A handful of players played for both teams. This year, it would require too much crossover, which is why Saturday's 2 p.m. game will revert to an offense versus defense format.

Numbers are slightly down due to transfers, a fairly large departing senior class and some injuries. Numbers, though, will be normal this summer when the large 2012 class arrives.

“I don't think it's feasible to go two opposite teams without a ton of guys shuffling back and forth,” said coach Bob Stoops.

What's undecided is a formula to award points for the offense and defense for scoreboard purposes.

Four years ago in a similar format, the defense scored three touchdowns and forced six turnovers to dominate 69-40.

In the 2008 spring game, the offense received one point for a first down, one point for an extra point, two points for any play longer than 30 yards, three points for a field goal and six points for a touchdown.

The defense received one point for a stop, two points for holding the offense to three plays and a punt, two points for a fourth-down stop, three points for a turnover and nine points for a touchdown.

It can get confusing and produce weird twists.

“Let's say the defense picks the ball off and returns it to the 10-yard line,” Stoops said. “The defense gets whatever but the offense gets the ball at the 10 going in (to score). Did they really earn the seven points they're going to get?”

GAME NOT ON TV ... YET

This year's spring game will not be televised, which is Stoops' preference.

“I believe a lot of times you know how to defend yourself and play against defense and offense better than anyone does when you go at each other all the time,” Stoops said. “So why show everyone how you want to play yourself? In the end I believe in that.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
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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