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Stoops, Sooners ready to move past last year's road losses

By John Helsley Modified: September 9, 2008 at 1:40 pm •  Published: September 9, 2008
NORMAN – Much has been made of Oklahoma’s rocky road play in 2007: Losses at Colorado and Texas Tech and a sluggish performance at Iowa State.

What do the Sooners take from those experiences as they prepare to head out on the road to Washington for the first time Saturday?

“I hope we leave those memories behind,” offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Tuesday at OU’s weekly media luncheon. “Flush them. Throw them away. They weren’t very pleasant.”

Bob Stoops, celebrating his 48th birthday Tuesday, said the Sooners have discussed what went wrong in ’07 and what needs to take place in 2008.

“We’ve talked about what were issues last year,” Stoops said. “I told them, ‘I’m not sitting in your shoes, but you’re the one making plays or not making plays. It’s up to you guys to put in the extra commitment and extra focus to get ready to play.'"

“In the end, you can’t turn the football over. Why do you turn it over? Is it focus? Is it being careless? What’s the reason? We practice the same way. If anyone knew what it was, they’d have the key to football. Because every team is a little stronger at home. That’s probably the case in NFL. That’s probably the case in high school.”

Kickoff Saturday is 6:45 p.m. in Husky Stadium.

More from Stoops Tuesday:

On the Cincinnati win:

“Really pleased overall with the execution and performance. Offensively, did an excellent job of moving the football, run and pass. Sam Bradford was again outstanding in execution against a good defense, a very experienced defense."

“Defensively, pleased overall.

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