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Modified: September 9, 2008 at 8:32 am •  Published: September 9, 2008
McCoy wreaking havoc up front
Talented depth up front allows the Sooners to feel comfortable and confident in a defensive line rotation that features four players: Gerald McCoy, Adrian Taylor, DeMarcus Granger and Cory Bennett.

All are capable, giving OU an advantage.

But one, McCoy, stands above the rest, according to OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

"Listen, Gerald's an advantage,” Venables said. "Those (other) guys are solid.

"Gerald... he really can't be with those other guys. Gerald, he's on his own planet.”

McCoy has two tackles for loss through two games and has been a constant menace to opposing backfields.

•Extra, extras: Throughout Saturday's game, players from both sides engaged in a lot of extra action after the whistle. Pushing. Shoving. Talking.

The mood was chippy, to say the least.

"We didn't want to come here just to show up and to play good,” Cincinnati wideout Mardy Gilyard said. "That's not what we do. We practice hard. We practice to win. So we expect to win.

"And we're going to play 100 miles per hour, regardless of whether the other team plays with us or not. We don't like to be bullied. We don't like to be pushed around.

"Like coach (Brian Kelly) always tells us, ‘We fear no one, but we respect everybody.' ”

•Hats off: Cincinnati arrived in Norman with a reputation for being rugged defensively.

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