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Watch out for turnovers
They were a big part of first meeting, and they went in OU's favor

By John Rohde Modified: December 3, 2007 at 4:13 pm •  Published: December 1, 2007
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SAN ANTONIO — Turnovers give people blurred vision.

Outcomes that seem quite clear often become hazy when turnovers are involved.

People go blind trying to equate the complexities of each turnover.


Case-in-point: Oklahoma vs. Missouri on Oct. 13 in Norman.

The Sooners beat the Tigers 41-31, but several MU players and fans have remarked about how the Tigers should have won.

The OU side has been more than happy to reiterate why the Sooners deserved to win.

The same two teams meet tonight at 7 inside the Alamodome, this time for the Big 12 title.

Here's hoping neither team has a turnover.

That way, hopefully there will be no doubt which team actually won or lost.

Ask OU coach Bob Stoops about turnovers and his eyes bulge slightly.

"I can live with an interception," Stoops said. "You can't throw tight balls in there and worry about if it gets tipped, or you're throwing the ball 40 yards downfield and it's (an inch) off and a guy tips it. Hey, you're not going to complete every one of those."

(Eyes bulging)

"But fumbles? I want nothing to do with," Stoops said. "It's bad football. Bad football. You can't have fumbles. When you already have the ball, there's no excuse for giving it back. I'll take 10 less yards and have the football, rather than trying to fight for yardage and do something that loses the ball. That can't happen."

Oh, and one other thing.

"I can't stand personal foul penalties, either," Stoops said.

Is there anything better for a defense than getting a turnover?

"Maybe a super-big hit," OU linebacker Lewis Baker said. "But sometimes that ends up being a turnover.

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