OU football notebook: Strong memory
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Saturday, November 24, 2012
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Oklahoma still has bitter memories of last year's 44-10 loss to Oklahoma State.
The Sooners will be looking to avenge the setback during Saturday's 2:30 p.m. contest against the Cowboys.
"It's still a sour taste in our mouth, the way we went down there and laid an egg last year," OU defensive end David King said. "A lot of guys on this defense were a part of that.
"We're going to use that game last year as a motivator to come out."
Saying farewell: There will be at least another regular-season game and a bowl trip for Oklahoma following Saturday's Bedlam clash against OSU.
But for 20 seniors, it will be the final time they suit up in Memorial Stadium.
Bob Stoops has been impressed with the group, especially with the team's attitude and character.
"I felt it, overall, slipped last year. They've maintained a really consistent and positive work attitude and been disciplined off the field," Stoops said. "Their expectations have been what we're used to having around here. They've done a good job of setting an example of how to do it and influencing other guys to do it right.
"There's still two big games left for them, but they've done a great job to this point."
Breaking down the Cowboys: OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was asked to break down OSU's defense this week.
Heupel quickly pointed out that the Cowboys are first in the league in fewest yards allowed per play. Then he focused on third-down efficiency.
"They do a good job of getting to the quarterback on third down," Heupel said. "They do a good job of getting off the field."
Big-play guy: Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was reminded earlier this week that West Virginia star Tavon Austin isn't wearing orange and black this weekend.
Stoops turned his attention to OSU running back Joseph Randle, who leads the Big 12 in rushing yardage per game.
"They have another one - No. 1 - who is an awful good football player," Stoops said. "I wish they'd take him off the field. ... I just hope he doesn't have a career day against us."
OU's David King tackles Kansas State's Collin Klein earlier this season. King says last season's Bedlam loss left a sour taste in the Sooners' mouths. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World file