No. 10 Oklahoma shouldn’t need a reminder of the need to throw the records out this week no matter the current status of Texas’ beleaguered football program.
They’ll get one, nonetheless.
It was only two years ago that a heavily favored Sooners team was beaten by the Longhorns 36-20 at the Cotton Bowl.
“It’s safe to say that will be brought up,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said on Monday’s Big 12 coaches conference call. “We were a heavy favorite a couple of years ago and went down and got beat. They played and coached a lot better and beat us.”
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Two Sooners were recognized as players of the week after Saturday’s victory over West Virginia.
Linebacker Eric Striker was selected defensive player of the week after 12 tackles, three for loss, and two sacks. Kicker/punter Austin Seibert was chosen special teams player of the week with three field goals and a 43.4-yard punting average.
We were a heavy favorite a couple of years ago and went down and got beat. They played and coached a lot better and beat us.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops on Texas’ 36-20 victory in 2013
The most expressive 140 character tweet over the weekend summarized Kansas State’s depth chart at quarterback.
With some added characters to provide context and full names:
“1. Jake Ertz: knee, out for the season; 2. Joe Hubener, possible concussion suffered in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State; 3. Alex Delton, knee injury, possibly out for the season; 4. Jonathan Banks, mono; 5. WR Kody Cook, in the game.”
Kansas State’s Kody Cook is known as the best fifth-string quarterback in the country after leading the Wildcats to four touchdown drives Saturday against Oklahoma State.
Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said Hubener, who did not suffer a concussion and returned to the game Saturday, is expected to play against TCU. So that crisis appears to have passed. But Kansas State is only another Hubener injury away from Cook, who began working at quarterback in practice last week, re-entering.
“I was impressed with how he practiced during the week. He’s a poised young guy,” said Snyder, who added that Cook will probably see time at both positions as the season goes on. “There were no issues with how he dealt with it. He was very relaxed with it.”
Cook is now known as the best fifth-string quarterback in the country, giving the Wildcats a spark in leading his team to four touchdown drives and finishing 10 of 16 for 122 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with a shoulder injury.
Looking to solve problems
Oklahoma State travels to West Virginia for a stiff test this week. Both are seeking to cure ills.
The Cowboys want to run the ball better. The Mountaineers, who felt they let one get away at Oklahoma on Saturday because of mistakes and turnovers, want an improved passing game.
West Virginia gave up seven sacks against the Sooners and it won’t get easier this week. The Cowboys lead the nation in sacks and tackles for loss.
“That’s got to improve,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “We’ve got to improve up front and do a better job of pass protecting.”
▪ Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury indicated that wide receiver Devin Lauderdale (“internal bruising”) is questionable this week against Iowa State.
▪ Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph (437 yards and three TDs) shared Big 12 offensive player of the week honors with TCU WR KaVontae Turpin.