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Redemption on the road starts with leadership from Bradford

By Jake Trotter Modified: September 13, 2008 at 12:53 pm •  Published: September 13, 2008
NORMAN — In Oklahoma's three true road games last year, the Sooners were at their worst.

A loss in Boulder.

A close call in Ames.

A loss in Lubbock.

The road schedule amplifies in difficulty this season, beginning today in Washington.

Better road play is required if this team plans on meeting lofty expectations.

That starts with quarterback Sam Bradford.

"That's something we talked about all summer,” Bradford said. "It's been a major emphasis for us.”

Bradford proved to be spectacular as a redshirt freshman, leading the nation in passing efficiency.

But in road games at Colorado and Iowa State, he completed just 51 percent of his passes and tossed three interceptions to only one touchdown.

In all other games, Bradford connected on 72 percent of his throws and threw 35 touchdowns to just five interceptions.

"Last year it was Sam's first year playing, so going on the road you didn't know how he was going to react to it,” receiver Manny Johnson said. "But now he has a year under his belt. He's calm and confident.”

Bradford is no longer a freshman.

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