NORMAN — The look on Oklahoma cornerback Demontre Hurst's face says quite a bit. He looks like someone just wafted months-old trash, or something worse, in front of his nose.
What could cause such a physical reaction? Oh. Texas Tech came up.
It's still a touchy subject for the Sooners (8-1), now a month removed from their only loss. ESPN analysts on Sunday night called the 41-38 upset “the most puzzling result of the college football season.” Host Rece Davis added it was “inexplicable.”
Those feelings are shared inside the Switzer Center, as well.
“It just makes me sick,” Hurst said. “It's just crazy. It makes me mad. I know we're way better than them. Everybody's beating them except for us. It happened, so we have to (deep sigh) let that one go.”
What is making the moving-on process more difficult for OU is the fact that everyone has hammered the Red Raiders since Oct. 22.
Iowa State went to Lubbock as a big underdog and won 41-7.
A trip to Texas the next week was no better for Tech. The Longhorns, fueled by a 28-point second quarter, won 52-20.
Last week, Oklahoma State led 49-0 at halftime in Lubbock on the way to a 66-6 blasting.
That's 159-33 in those three losses.
“Other teams have pretty much just dominated them,” Hurst said. “Everybody's playing hard and executing their plays. I think we could have done the same thing. We were just a little off track, and they took full advantage and came and handed it to us.”
Sooners receiver Kenny Stills said he was watching OSU-Tech until the Red Raiders couldn't even field a kickoff. It bounced off one return man, through the hands of another – and became a terribly easy Cowboys score to make it 35-0.
Stills turned the channel.
“It's embarrassing for us to have a loss like that,” Stills said. “Every team has a breakdown, but a lot of people are talking trash to us and giving us a hard time about that. That's embarrassing, but it happens sometimes.
“I don't think we need any fuel considering the fact we've lost a game already.”
Coach Bob Stoops was upbeat during his news conference Tuesday – until Tech came up, near the end.
“No,” he said, almost scolding the reporter that registered the question. “That game was a long time ago. It's fair to say everybody's a different team at a certain part of the year than another part of the year. … No. That game's a long time ago. It does me no good (to address it).”
WORT'S ANKLE IMPROVING, COULD PLAY AT BAYLOR
Linebacker Tom Wort, who had to leave the Nov. 5 Texas A&M game with a sprained left ankle, is on the mend. Stoops said Wort planned to practice Tuesday afternoon.
“We'll see,” Stoops said, referring to his availability for Saturday's game at Baylor. “He was running and doing drills (Monday), but he didn't go through our team work. He looked closer to being ready to play.”
Wort has already endured a bruised hip and concussion this season. Those injuries caused him to miss parts of games, or whole games. Still, with 42 tackles, the sophomore middle linebacker is fifth on the team in that category. He has 3 ½ sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery – which he returned for a touchdown against Ball State.
WHO'S AT CENTER THIS WEEK FOR OKLAHOMA? STAY TUNED.
With Ben Habern's forearm continuing to heal, after his return against A&M, there's some speculation that he could start this week. Then again, the line had developed some chemistry with Gabe Ikard at center and Adam Shead at left guard.
OU's coaches have said Ikard could also rotate in at right guard, with Tyler Evans.
“I'll announce that maybe (Wednesday) or Thursday,” Stoops said. “I'm sure the coaches are still looking at that. We just actually have to confer whether we'll change or go with what we had. The chemistry's been good. Let me just wait on that.”
BAYLOR BEARS DOWN ONCE AT HOME IN WACO
Stoops began his news conference Tuesday noting how much better Baylor has played at home than on the road. All three of the Bears' losses have come away from Floyd Casey Stadium.
“They're averaging right around 50 points a game (at home),” Stoops said. “They're playing with a lot of energy and great success at home, for whatever reason – like a lot of teams around the country. … At home, they sure have lit it up and played well.”