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OU Sooners bounce back with 65-10 rout of Texas A&M

By JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: November 15, 2009 at 10:41 am •  Published: November 14, 2009

/articleid/3417668/1/pictures/763261">Photo - Oklahoma's Chris Brown (29) makes his way into the endzone past Texas A&M's Jordan Pugh (25) and Trent Hunter (1) during the second half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas A&M Aggies at Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Chris Brown (29) makes his way into the endzone past Texas A&M's Jordan Pugh (25) and Trent Hunter (1) during the second half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas A&M Aggies at Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

And five of those were touchdowns.

"We had that attitude, when we got in the scoring zone, we were determined to convert," said center Ben Habern. "We moved the ball against Nebraska. But couldn't move the ball in the scoring zone. That was a point of emphasis this week. We wanted to keep being physical in the scoring zone, don't commit the penalties and stay confident."

Confident the Sooners were. But being confident at home against Texas A&M is no reason to crown yourself king.

The Sooners' offensive output was against no Wrecking Crew.

Texas A&M owns the worst defense in the Big 12. And the Aggie special teams gifted wrapped a pair of OU touchdowns by fumbling two returns in their own territory.

"Playing at home helps," Habern admitted. "When we go on the road in a tough environment, like Texas Tech, we have to punch it in."

Said Jones, "We have to go out there and play smart. We can't have the penalties or turnovers on the road. That will kill us.

"We played a lot smarter tonight."

We already knew the Sooner offense could play smart at home.

But can they do it away from Norman?

"It's one last chance to see if we've matured through the year," Wilson said. "Or if we're the same cast of characters.

"It will be a test that will show what kind of team we are."


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