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Sooners' weight-room work paid off vs. Florida State

by Michael Baldwin Modified: September 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm •  Published: September 18, 2011

“Pounding the rock when we needed to, getting those first downs late in the game was huge,” Habern said. “To finish out a game like that, on the road, was real important.”

The Sooners' physicality, though, had some shortcomings.

Twice in the second quarter OU had red zone failures, settling for field goals after driving inside the 5-yard line.

The first possession, the drive stalled at the 2-yard line.

Javon Harris' first interception gave OU possession at the Florida State 3. The Sooners got it to the 1-yard line, but a holding penalty resulted in another field goal.

“We had a good response at the end, but we gave up those two touchdown opportunities,” said offensive line coach James Patton. “I wasn't happy about that. Our guys weren't happy about that. That was disappointing.”

Patton and the O-line was pleased with the game-clinching drive but doesn't want a repeat of last season when the lack of a power running game inside the 5-yard line was costly in a loss at Texas A&M.

“We still have improvement to make,” Habern said. “We've got to get seven (points) when we have those kind of opportunities. We came away with three which is still points. But in tight games like this we have to punch it in.

“But overall the O-line did a good job. No. 1 versus No. 5, the crowd was into it the whole game. It was a big win for us to fight all the way through the game, then to wait for our chance to get our shot. The fourth quarter is one of the things we've emphasized.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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