NORMAN -- When sophomore fullback Trey Millard returned home to Columbia, Mo., last summer for a couple of weeks, friends razzed him about OU's 36-27 loss to Missouri last season. His rebuttal?
He flashed his Big 12 championship ring.
Friends from Columbia will be attending Saturday night's game in Norman. Everyone will be rooting for Millard to play well, but some will be rooting for the Tigers.
“The ones that are Mizzou diehards will have to get tickets on their own,” Millard said, smiling. “It would be extra special if we could win this one.”
TRAVIS LEWIS' ‘MOUTH WAS RUNNING' ALL NIGHT IN TALLAHASSEE
Besides making plays, senior linebacker Travis Lewis, the Sooners' leading tackler the past three seasons, also brings intangibles like calling plays and energy.
“I was talking mess the whole game,” Lewis said. “I was in rare form. My mouth was running. At one point (Florida State quarterback) EJ (Manuel) wanted to kill me.
“We were just having fun with it. Football is a violent game. At the end of the game, we'll shake hands and tell them, ‘Good job.' But during the game, those 60 minutes, we want to demoralize them.”
STOOPS ON RED-ZONE ISSUES: ‘WE MISSED BLOCKS'
The Sooners moved into the red zone five times against Florida State. They settled for three field goals and two touchdowns but also showed some potential in the running game on a game-opening touchdown drive and a game-clinching field goal drive.
“We missed some blocks. We missed our assignments a couple of times,” said coach Bob Stoops. “It needs to get better. But do I think it's better than a year ago? Yeah, by a long shot. Are we there, yet? This is the second game. No way. I think it will get better.”
Said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel: “You want to be 100 percent. When you're in the tight zone you need to get 7's not 3's. It's been a big point of emphasis for us in the off-season. That hasn't changed. Obviously, we need to execute better.”
MILLER, REYNOLDS MOVE UP RECEIVING DEPTH CHART
With part-time starter Trey Franks out due to an indefinite suspension for violating team rules, senior Dejuan Miller and junior Jaz Reynolds move up the wide receiver depth chart.
“I've been wanting to play Jaz more. It just hasn't worked out the first couple of games,” said receivers coach Jay Norvell. “And (freshman) Kameel Jackson is a guy we want to play this year. He shows a lot of promise and does a lot of great things in practice.
“We also brought (redshirt freshman) Justin McCay up. Justin will get some reps with the varsity. We have a lot of good, young talent that will get their opportunity and will have to step. Definitely Dejuan and Jaz for sure and hopefully Kameel and Justin.”
BY THE NUMBERS
OU has won 17 consecutive home games against Missouri. The Tigers last win in Norman was 45 years ago, a 10-7 win against the Jim Mackenzie coached Sooners... Despite being scrutinized for an ugly line-drive field goal against Florida State and a missed PAT against Tulsa, kicker Jimmy Stevens has converted 16 of his last 17 field goals over the past five games... Ten different Sooners have been credited with at least a half a sack. OU has nine sacks through two games... Stoops has 131 wins his first 162 games, only two behind Barry Switzer and one behind Bud Wilkinson at the same point of their careers.
BALL STATE TICKETS AVAILABLE
Ball State has returned approximately 300 tickets for its game at OU on Oct. 1. Those tickets are available to the public for $54 each.
The tickets may be ordered by phone at 1-800-456-4668, in person at the OU ticket office or online at SoonerSports.com.