Big 12 notes: Stoops has heard it before, but expects no lull from Oklahoma

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More information Big 12 Players of the Week Offense Aaron Wimberly, Iowa State and Charles Sims, West Virginia: Wimberly rushed for a career-high 137 yards on 19 carries in the Cyclones’ 38-21 win over Tulsa. He also had a 31-yard reception and returned a kickoff 32 yards to finish with 200 all-purpose yards, the most for a ISU player since 2010. Sims’ 157 all-purpose yards helped WVU beat Oklahoma State 30-21. He had 60 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown and tied for the team high with five receptions for a team-high 82 yards. Defense Sam Carter, TCU: The junior intercepted two passes, including one returned 66 yards for a touchdown in the Horned Frogs’ 48-17 win over SMU. He also forced a fumble and had five tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and a sack. He earned the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week honor. Special teams Nick O’Toole, West Virginia: The sophomore punted eight times for 357 yards and a 44.6 average in the Mountaineers’ 30-21 win over Oklahoma State. Two punts were inside the 20-yard line, and he had a long of 57. Quotable “They know they can go into a tough environment and all that matters is how you play. Fans don’t matter, the band doesn’t matter, the color of the stadium doesn’t matter. All that matters is how you perform in between the lines.” — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops on what he learned about his team from the Sooners’ win at Notre Dame “We’ve played one game in the last 27 days. We feel like we’ve been on the outside looking in.” — Baylor coach Art Briles on two early bye weeks “I think they’ll respond fine. They were good at practice [Sunday] night. It was obvious the mistakes that we made. We were poor in the turnover category and in the kicking game, and that pretty much tells the tale.” — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy on his team’s mood after losing at West Virginia

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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 mom

Bob 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.”


• 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.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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