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Sooners' struggles on the road continue in loss to Texas Tech

BY DAVID UBBEN, Staff Writer, dubben@opubco.com Modified: December 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm •  Published: November 22, 2009

All season away from home, the offense, particularly the offensive line, had derailed drives with costly penalties and perplexing mistakes. Those all but disappeared in Saturday's loss, leaving the Sooners searching for an answer to why they lost to a Texas Tech team with four losses and who gave up 52 points to Texas A&M at home three weeks earlier.

"I really, truly do not know (why we've struggled)," OU offensive lineman Brian Simmons said. "Me personally, I love playing in front of 50, 70,000-plus who think you're not going to win. The first game, you could maybe say crowd noise, oh, we can't hear Landry, but today we could hear him fine."

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said he challenged the offense in practice earlier this week. He told them Saturday was their last chance to walk onto a hostile field and show everyone they could look just as dominant as they do on Owen Field.

Instead, they confirmed the criticism that outside of Norman, rule out scoring 60 points. With the exception of a trip to Miami and Lawrence, Kan., scoring even 20 points has, at times, looked like a near-impossible task.

"They brought the fight to us, they were more physical than us," Wilson said. "They flat-out beat us."


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