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Sooners keeping it close this year
The Sooners are squeaking a bit these days and that's just fine with linebacker Travis Lewis.
No. 8 Oklahoma (4-0) isn't regularly demolishing opponents, but Lewis says it's better than losing.
"All I care about is we're 4-0," said Lewis, a team captain. "Last year, we were 2-2 at this time and we lost two games by one point. Right now, we're 4-0 and we're winning the close games."
No. 8 Oklahoma looks to get Collaros
The sign in Cincinnati's meeting room lists the three goals for the offense this week. Only one of the goals — the last one — is followed by an exclamation point.
"Protect The Passer!" it says.
The emphasis is earned.
Off week brings more than rest for Oklahoma State
An off week will give Oklahoma State's players a chance to relax and catch up on school work and coaches a couple days to hit the recruiting trail.
After practicing Thursday, the Cowboys (3-0) planned to take off Friday and Saturday and then resume preparations Sunday for next week's Big 12 opener against Texas A&M (3-0).
The Lady Longhorns of Alex picked up some wins Monday and Tuesday.
They defeated Crooked Oak, 11-1, and Fox, 14-9, on Monday.
They were supposed to play Ninnekah on Tuesday, but the Lady Owls did not have enough players to compete and the game was forfeited.
Arrangements were made for the Lady Foxes to come out again on Tuesday.
Run game in focus as Sooners host Air Force
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — No team in college football has been better at running the ball this season than Air Force.
Since Bob Stoops took over a dozen years ago, few teams have stopped the run more effectively than Oklahoma.
Air Force brings new challenge for No. 7 Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — No matter how impressive it was, there's no time for No. 7 Oklahoma to celebrate the dent it put in Christian Ponder's Heisman Trophy campaign.
Nothing the Sooners (2-0) did in shutting down Florida State's prolific quarterback will prepare them for this week's challenge against Air Force and the country's best rushing offense. The Falcons (2-0) enter Saturday's game easily leading the nation with 423 yards rushing per game, following wins against Northwestern State and BYU. That average is 91½ yards more than any other team in the nation.
"It's really tough. It's really challenging," coach Bob Stoops said. "We'll play a defense against them totally different than we'll play anybody this year or next year, since we're not playing them. It just doesn't correlate."
Cooper breaks out for OSU in win over Troy
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Josh Cooper is a couple of inches taller than Wes Welker, but those familiar with both of them say they can see the similarities in their style of play.
That's not to say Cooper, an Oklahoma State junior, will ever come close to the New England Patriots star in terms of production. But playing in a system similar to the one in which Welker thrived at Texas Tech, Cooper had his best game as a collegian Saturday during Oklahoma State's wild 41-38 win over Troy.
"It felt like it was a pretty good breakout night for me," Cooper said. "I'm just out there trying to make plays, trying to do what I can."
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