Win over Tech nice, but time for OU to take it on the road

Oklahoma posts a feel-good 45-7 victory over Texas Tech in its home finale. But the Sooners' head to Baylor next Saturday trying to answer the same question: Can they take it on the road?
by Jenni Carlson Modified: November 14, 2010 at 9:34 am •  Published: November 13, 2010

NORMAN — Travis Lewis has had it with Oklahoma falling apart when it's away from home.

What? You thought we were going to talk about OU's game against Texas Tech?

Oh, all right. The Sooners beat the Red Raiders 45-7.

The offense was efficient. The defense was dominant. Even the special teams play was better than normal. Then again, this was a home game. This is what the Sooners do on Owen Field sod.

Away from Norman?

They are a totally different team. They start shaky. They end worse. So, even though Saturday was glorious conclusion to a fifth consecutive undefeated home slate, everyone from coaches and players to fans and media had an eye on the future.

OU at Baylor.

OU at Oklahoma State.

Saturday at home, the Sooners were true to form. Will they be these next two weeks on the road?

“We need to start fast and finish strong,” Lewis said. “It sounds easy.”

The Sooners sure haven't made it look that way.

“Extremely frustrating,” Lewis said. “I pull out my hair at night.”

Now we know why he has that mohawk.

Joking aside, the Sooners' road woes are no laughing matter.

Most teams play better at home than they do on the road. But this much better? The difference between the Sooners at home and the Sooners on the road is as dramatic as any team in the country.

OU's average margin of victory at home this season?

27.2 points.

Keep that number in mind as you consider the Sooners' losses in true road games. OU lost at Missouri, which lost last week to Texas Tech — and we all saw what the Sooners did to the Red Raiders — and lost at Texas A&M, which got all it wanted from Baylor on Saturday night.

How does that happen?

There's no easy answer to that question. This isn't a matter of fixing one thing to solve the problem. Listen to the Sooners talking about their road woes, and that becomes obvious.

“We've just got to start fast,” scatback Roy Finch said.

“You just have to have that edge,” tailback DeMarco Murray said.

“People say we can't play on the road,” defensive end Jeremy Beal said. “We know we can. We just have to go out and play well.”

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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