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Stoops: Nothing 'spooky' about playing in Lubbock

Sooners aiming to break streak of three straight losses inside Jones AT&T Stadium

Posted: October 3, 2012 - 7:45pm  |  Updated: October 4, 2012 - 12:23am
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Lubbock has been less than kind to Landry Jones and Oklahoma. The Sooners have not won in Lubbock since 2003.  John A. Bowersmith
John A. Bowersmith
Lubbock has been less than kind to Landry Jones and Oklahoma. The Sooners have not won in Lubbock since 2003.
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Bob Stoops doesn’t believe there have been cosmic forces at play that have kept Oklahoma winless in Lubbock since 2003.

“There isn’t anything spiritual or spooky about it,” the 14th-year Oklahoma coach told reporters at his weekly news conference Monday. “It’s just playing ball. It just is how it is.”

Recent history suggests otherwise.

For whatever reasons, the Hub City has not been friendly to the Sooners. Tech has won three straight games against Oklahoma inside Jones AT&T Stadium, a streak that began with Taurean Henderson’s controversial last-second touchdown in 2005. In 2007, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, the nation’s leading passer at the time, was knocked out of the game in the first half, and the Red Raiders edged out a 34-27 win.

The lone game in the streak that featured any players on the teams’ current rosters came in 2009, and the Red Raiders hassled then redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones constantly en route to a 41-13 rout.

“I remember it wasn’t too fun,” Jones, now a senior and Oklahoma’s all-time leading passer, said of the 2009 game. “We had cool uniforms and we looked good, but just didn’t play very good.”

During his tenure at Oklahoma, Stoops is 2-4 on the road against Tech compared with a 37-14 road record against everyone else, but he isn’t putting any stock into the results of three games in Lubbock each spaced two years apart.

He pointed out that the Red Raiders had suffered a lopsided, 45-7 loss in 2010 at Oklahoma, only to return last season and snap the Sooners’ 39-game home winning streak with a 41-38 victory.

“Everyone wants to tie years to other years,” Stoops said, “and I don’t see that it equates that way. We went to Kansas State a year ago and had a heck of a game (a 58-17 victory), and we didn’t do that the other night (a 24-19 loss on Sept. 22). So in the end, different years are different years.”

Oklahoma has more issues than playing in a tough road environment. The Sooners’ offense has struggled to find rhythm — the 19-point output against Kansas State marked just the second time since 2009 Oklahoma didn’t score at least 20 points — including the experienced Jones, who committed a pair of damaging turnovers in the loss two weeks ago.

“I haven’t played very well,” Jones said this week. “I have been kind of struggling, but that is the game of football. Everything is not going to go the way you want it to go and how you picture it in your mind. But you just have to keep playing and keep working.”

For their part, the Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) aren’t relying solely on past success inside their own stadium against the Sooners. They expect Oklahoma will be coming in desperate for a win after dropping its Big 12 opener.

Weathering an early Sooner storm will be key, Tech quarterback Seth Doege said.

“I think they’re going to be on a high early in the game,” he said. “If we start fast and play really good defense, we can turn that motivation and emotion around and turn it in our favor.”


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College football

Who: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma

When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Jones AT&T Stadium

Records: Oklahoma 2-1, 0-1 in Big 12 Conference; Tech 4-0, 1-0

Last game: Tech 24, Iowa State 13; Kansas State 24, Oklahoma 19

Last meeting: Tech 41, Oklahoma 38 last year in Norman, Okla.

TV: ABC (channel 28; Suddenlink Cable channel 8)

Line: Oklahoma by 5½

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"Nothing 'spooky' about playing in Lubbock"

Let's hope he keeps that attitude when he comes to the Jones! Red Raiders love playing as underdogs!


I agree

It differs from year to year. Some teams relish playing in a hostile environment kind of a us against the world mentality, other teams fold.

It still comes down to blocking and tackling, though noise could really cause some problems for L. Jones if the place gets rocking!

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