Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Oklahoma faces tough road task at OSU
By Brandon Chatmon
NORMAN, Okla. -- The last time Oklahoma invaded Boone Pickens Stadium, the Sooners were sent home with their tails between their legs.
Oklahoma State dominated, overwhelmed and generally embarrassed OU in a 44-10 win in Stillwater, Okla., in December 2011. It was a humbling defeat that left a lasting image of OSU fans rushing the field at BPS and celebrating at the expense of the Sooners. But it’s not something the Sooners plan to use as motivation this week.
“We don’t talk so much about what happened as far as win or losses,” said OU cornerback Aaron Colvin, who started at safety in that blowout loss. “We don’t talk about that. We do talk about the preparation that goes into this game.”
When OU visits Stillwater on Saturday, the Sooners will face the difficult task of knocking off the No. 6-ranked Cowboys, who are coming off a 49-17 home win over then-No. 4 Baylor. As good as OSU has been in the Big 12 the past few seasons, it has been even better at Boone Pickens Stadium. OSU is 22-3 at home since 2010, averaging 49.7 points and 536 yards per game and 7.21 yards per play in those 25 contests.
As difficult as the task of winning in Stillwater will be, don’t expect the Sooners to make drastic changes on offense with the hope of keeping up with a Cowboys squad that is averaging 47.8 points and 449 yards per game and 6.1 yards per play in their five wins since Clint Chelf regained his starting quarterback spot.
“You’ve got to be who you are,” OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “We’re playing an opponent who has a really good defense and is playing well as a team.”
OU’s offense is coming off arguably its best game of the season and the trigger man, Trevor Knight, is playing the best football of his young career. The redshirt freshman recorded a 90.4 adjusted Total QBR in OU’s 41-31 win over Kansas State which was a season-best in a game he has started. The Sooners offense, if Knight plays like he did against K-State, will have the firepower to keep up with OSU, giving Heupel and the rest of the offensive staff hope that drastic changes aren’t needed.
“It’s a hostile environment and a big game, so you’ve got to be who you are,” Heupel said. “You can always add wrinkles and things that you think give you an opportunity against their schemes. But for the most part you are who you are at this point in the year.”
Will that be good enough? We'll find out on Saturday.