Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops hears it every season.Will the Sooners look past their next opponent with the Red River Rivalry against Texas lurking Oct. 12? In this year’s case, overlook their game with TCU on Saturday night?“I always laugh at that because this happens every year,” Stoops said during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference. “I don’t buy it. I don’t look at it that way. We always play Texas this time every year and it’s always the same story — the letdown before and after, and that hasn’t happened to us.”He has a point. Under Stoops, the 11th-ranked Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) have lost just twice before playing Texas — in 1999, Stoops’ first season, and at Colorado in 2007. The ’99 loss was at Notre Dame, a team OU beat Saturday for the first time since 1956.Stoops doesn’t think that emotional win will have any negative lingering effect against TCU (2-2, 0-1).“Two years ago we go to Florida State and beat them,” he said. “This isn’t the biggest nonconference game that we’ve had. We’ve had a lot of them.”But two years ago OU played at Florida State three weeks before Texas and had two games before meeting the Longhorns. It all amounts to nothing, Stoops said.“We’ve got to win every game, and TCU is a good football team and we’re going to do our business like we always do.”Stoops praised TCU’s defense and said quarterback Trevone Boykin poses problems with his running ability.“They’re always really good. They’re incredibly disciplined and tough defensively in their structure and everything and how they play,” he said. “I always think they’re one of the better defenses out there. They’re a dangerous team like always, like they were a year ago. They’ve got good talent, they’re a good football team and they’re coached really well.”Brewer back, but ...Injured Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer practiced Monday, but coach Kliff Kingsbury said Brewer has yet to be officially cleared to play after a back injury in August.“We’ll see what happens,” Kingsbury said. “We’ll get him out there [Monday] and see how it feels. I don’t know about officially but we’re working towards that.”True freshman Baker Mayfield will start for the Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0) at Kansas (2-1) on Saturday, Kingsbury said. Mayfield was injured Sept. 12 against TCU but has started each game.Moment with momBob Stoops doesn’t see his aging mother at too many games anymore. But since she was able to attend the Sooners’ win at Notre Dame, he felt the need to mark the occasion with a photo. Stoops and his wife snapped a photo with his mother in front of the Notre Dame scoreboard after the game.“That’s something for the rocking chair,” he said. “The only reason I did it the other day is my mother is not at many games. In fact, it’s probably the only one she’ll get to this year. I would have taken it no matter where it was because it’s fair to say she’s getting older and not able to get to a lot of games, so it was a great opportunity. I wanted to make sure I got it so I could have it and send her one.”Briefly• The Red River Rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas will kick off at 11 a.m. Oct. 12.• Texas receiver Daje Johnson practiced Monday and is expected to play against Iowa State on Thursday. Receiver Mike Davis (ankle) is questionable.• Texas quarterback David Ash (concussion) is still day-to-day and is questionable to play Thursday.• The Longhorns will wear James Street stickers on their helmets against Iowa State in honor of the former Texas quarterback who passed away Monday at age 65.
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