OU football notebook: Tickets are hot — and expensive — items

Lower sideline prices range between $170 to $1,400
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: September 30, 2010
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According to stubhub.com, the OU-Texas game costs the most money this season among all college games, averaging $455 per ticket. Tickets have been purchased from $170 to $1,429 for a lower sideline ticket. As for volume, it's the No. 3 selling game this season.

TEXAS FORCES QUICK DECISIONS

The Longhorns rank fourth nationally in sacks (14). They play press coverage. When the pass rush is clicking they force quarterbacks to make quick decisions.

"You just go through your reads like you (always do)," said OU quarterback Landry Jones. "You just stay calm in the pocket, move around a little bit if you feel pressure and be accurate.

"They have a great pass rush and a good secondary. It's going to be a really big challenge for us. I'm excited to see what our offense can do against a great defense."

STOOPS KNOWS OU IS CAPABLE

OU ranks last in the Big 12 in total defense, but coach Bob Stoops points out the one dominant outing was against a Florida State team that's regrouped. The Seminoles are close to returning to the top 25.

"It does seem like a while ago (since the Florida State game), but we're very aware of how we did it and what we need to do," Stoops said. "The styles of offenses we've played the past couple of weeks are different.

"In a decent part of games, we've played fairly well. But in the fourth quarter, we didn't. I'm encouraged we can do it. I know what we're capable of. Texas is more of a traditional style of offense we're maybe more used to seeing. Hopefully, we can play better. We're not far off."

OU SENIORS LOOK TO GET EVEN

Texas has won four of the past five Red Rivalry meetings. But fifth-year players such as running backs Mossis Madu and DeMarco Murray and defensive linemen Jeremy Beal and Adrian Taylor can split their four meetings with a win Saturday, having sat out their redshirt year in 2006.

"Since I've been here we've only had one win," Taylor said. "It's not a good feeling. When you consecutively lose games to the same team it's not a good feeling."

Asked his favorite Cotton Bowl memory Beal said: "The last time we won. Hopefully my favorite (memory) will come on Saturday."

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