“I think you just remember your losses. Missouri beat us. You remember that. You remember how important every game is. You can't overlook anybody.”
A couple of things will help the Sooners tonight. For one, there is the confidence that Jones and the offense have built in the fourth quarters since that loss.
Last week at FSU stands as a prime example. The Seminoles fought back to tie the game at 13 in the fourth quarter. The crowd was in a frenzy, hungry for an OU miscue that would potentially allow their team to lead for the first time all night.
Instead, Jones found Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills all the way down the field on what ultimately was the game-winning touchdown drive. The quick-response, crowd-deflating drive was a stark contrast to the 0-for quarter.
Additionally, there's the uncontrollable fact that the game is at Owen Field, where OU has won 37 consecutive games and 73 of 75 since Stoops arrived in 1999. Missouri has not won at Memorial Stadium since 1966.
“They won't see the same team they saw last year,” OU offensive tackle Donald Stephenson said.
If any Sooner went into this week labeling it as a revenge game, Stoops quickly offered a correction in Monday's meeting.
“Revenge only lasts those first couple of plays,” Stephenson said, remembering Stoops' words, “and then there's 60 minutes of football left to play.”