OU football notes: Players relive Sooner magic

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: December 3, 2010 at 8:26 am •  Published: December 2, 2010

STEVENS' KICKS PROVIDE MOMENTUM

From a defensive perspective Lewis said kicker Jimmy Stevens converting 10 of his last 11 field goals does more than put three points on the board.

“As a defense, if they miss a field goal that's a huge lift for us,” Lewis said. “If they drive all the way down the field and miss a field goal it's a huge boost to our defense. When we come out, the next series we're fired up because we got a stop. They did all that work and got nothing.”

FACING OU'S UP-TEMP OFFENSE

Nebraska safety DeJon Gomes was asked the biggest challenge to facing an up-tempo OU offense that ran 107 plays last week in a win over Oklahoma State.

“Just being prepared mentally,” Gomes said. “You have to get lined up and know your responsibilities because they're going to be on the ball fast. I think last year when we played them they had about 100 snaps.”

OU had 87 snaps in a 10-3 loss in Lincoln but were plagued by missed red zone opportunities, three missed field goals and five Landry Jones interceptions.

JONES PLAYING MORE

Jarvis Jones made his second start this season against OSU, replacing Donald Stephenson at left tackle. Both players rotated and spelled Eric Mensik at right tackle. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said both need to play more consistently.

“Donald has been a little hot and cold and Jarvis the same way,” Wilson said. “They're both not complete or finished all the time but have shown flashes of being very good. They're capable of playing well against good players.”

CORNHUSKERS RETURN TO ARLINGTON

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was asked if playing in last year's Big 12 title game in Cowboys Stadium will help with the “awe factor” of playing in Jerry Jones' gaudy stadium.

“I thought our guys reacted well to it last year and don't think there was an awe factor for our guys,” Pelini said. “We've been in a lot of different situations. I didn't feel like it was a factor last year. (But) anytime you've been through something once, it should help you.”


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