Oklahoma Improved Special Teams Failure to Make a Positive Impact at Texas Tech ( News Oklahoma )

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Oklahoma's special teams were ordinary in Saturday's loss to Texas Tech. Dropping its sixth game of the year, OU left plenty on the field in a 51-48 overtime loss at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock. From the start, the hosts (6-6 overall, 3-6 Big 12) failed to score in the third quarter of the game. Texas Tech (7-5, 5-4) returns the man Jordan Brown fumbled a 67-yard kickoff return on the first play of the game to put the Red Raiders up to the Oklahoma 35-yard line. "We had some good games," the OU coach said Brent Venables it is said about the special teams play after the game. “But as a unit that's played really well all year and night, I didn't think we practiced very well in the…
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OU backyard: Dona Sherfield shines as Oklahoma tops Seton Hall ( News Oklahoma )

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Oklahoma dominated the postseason game and beat the Seton Hall Pirates late on Friday night and advanced to the ESPN Events Invitational Finals. Powered by a 7-0 run that started with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, OU was to keep the Pirates at arms' length down the stretch to close out the 77-64 victory in Kissimmee, FL. Oklahoma (5-1) is a big man Tanner Groves He played just 15 minutes in the match due to a nasty injury, but he's back Sam Godwin He played an excellent game to give the youth a faster pace Porter Moser's team work boost Godwin scored 12 points on 6-f8-8 shooting against Seton Hall (4-2), also grabbed six rebounds and dished out a pair of assists off the bench.The guards didn't…
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Oklahoma LB Kobie McKinzie’s Lubbock School has had a perfect freshman year ( News Oklahoma )

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Saturday's final season will be extra special Kobe McKinzie. The new linebacker is slated for Oklahoma this year, but he's coming back home to Lubbock as they take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. A former 4-star recruit, McKinzie graduated high school from Lubbock-Cooper High School. "It's going to be fun," McKinzie said on Monday. "There will be a lot of friends and family that I haven't seen in a few months. You didn't buy me to play. It's going to be fun. I know a lot of guys in that number. We're a dynamic group. It's fun to see them."McKinzie's high-profile recruiting process, in which he was initially committed to Oklahoma, threw his Texas job before returning to the Citiers in the hiring process. Brent Venables He put him…
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Venables Vibes: Lacina Shows Some Threads, Learned For Management Reading In Bedlam ( News Oklahoma )

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NORMAN - With a bowl game already won, Oklahoma is aiming for a strong performance in Lubbock this weekend.The team (6-5 overall, 3-5 Big 12) downed Oklahoma State 28-13 in a big win over Bedlam on Saturday in Norman. Brent Venables The defense played well despite having to defend 102 plays, and the OU head coach hopes the win will help build the momentum he sought last regular season. Attending Oklahoma this weekend are the Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-5, 4-4) who also have a first-year head coach. Joey McGuire. OU's defense will be tested once again by another offense that wants to run fast and break plenty, giving the visitors another chance to replicate their impressive performance from Saturday.Clock Management LessonsBedlam ended up being a lot closer than OU's…
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As Veteran Leadership won the day for the Oklahoma defense in Bedlam ( News Oklahoma )

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On Senior Night, Oklahoma's veteran defensive unit had its best game of the season.OU's 100 offensive linemen withstood a blowout by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, holding their No. 22-beating their rivals by just three points to help secure a 28-13 Bedlam victory in Normandy.Transfer cornerback CJ Coldon set the tone on OSU's second offensive drive of the night. Cowboy quarterback Spencer Sanders be seen to be different from the receiver Jaden Brayas Brai cuts back toward the quarterback while Sander throws a pass to the sideline. Coldon stayed with the football, chasing it near midfield and hauling in Oklahoma's first four interceptions.The touchdown was just the start for Coldon, as the Wyoming transfer finished the game with seven tackles and three pass breakups.Sanders' night was marred with interceptions against Oklahoma…
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As Oklahoma prepares for ‘explosive’ Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders

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NORMAN - Oklahoma's defense prepares for another mobile threat. A week after the release of West Virginia quarterback Garrett Greene ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns in OU's 23-20 loss to the Mountaineers, the rushing defense will have one of the conference's player awards. Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders told the media that he was taking the field in Bedlam this weekend to lead the No. 22-seeded Cowboys. Battling through injury this season, Sanders threw for 2,261 yards and 16 touchdowns and only five interceptions while completing 58.5 percent of his passes. He also added another 628 yards and two scores on the ground so far this year, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. But what separates Sanders in the eyes of the Oklahoma coaching staff is the wealth of…
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After Superb Year, Oklahoma RB Eric Gray Ready for ‘Special’ Senior Day Outing

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NORMAN - To be Saturday Eric Gray's last ride at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.The seniors got better and better as the year wore on for the Swifts, and this was one of the longest running backs in the country. Gray's 1,113 rushing yards is ranked No. 14 nationally, and the Memphis product is sixth in the country with an average of 6.75 yards per carry. It seems like ages ago that Gray tried to score his first touchdown in 2021 as the focal point of OU's offense hit the dirt 10 times on the ground this season. Even as Oklahoma's offense has struggled, including last week's 23-20 loss at West Virginia, Gray's play has been consistent. "I'm really proud of him and the consistency he's had," the OU coach…
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Venables Vibes: Oklahoma Juxtaposition of Strength Before the Bedlam Movement Clashes

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NORMAN - Things didn't go away in Oklahoma or Oklahoma State this year.But that doesn't take anything away from this game, at least not through Brent Venables.Faster (5-5 overall, 2-5 Big 12) needs yet another win to close out a bowl trip and give the host Cowboys (7-3, 4-3) a chance for a comeback victory. Venables answered questions about an hour leading up to the game, and it appears OU could be close to full strength Saturday night.Injury Updates GaloreOklahoma safety Justin Broiles left Saturday's final game against West Virginia with an injury Ben Queen-USA Today SportsThere was plenty of good news for OU fans on the injury front Tuesday.Justin Broyleswho came down against West Virginia, is available at Bedlam's entrance."She had a hyperextended knee, and it's really tough," Venables…
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Coach Talk: Oklahoma preparing for Oklahoma State challenge in the trenches

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NORMAN - Time is short for Oklahoma in 2022. After an early 23-20 loss at West Virginia on Saturday, OU (5-5 overall, 2-5 Big 12) has just two games left to not only get into a bowl game, but carry any momentum into the offseason. This week, the visitors will turn their sights to Bedlam, where Oklahoma will have a chance to score an emotional win in front of their home crowd. Gravity coordinator Jeff Lebby and defensive coordinator Mark Roof he again emphasized the need to clean up mental mistakes before the final home. Buying Extra TimePlaying in the bowl is as much about the practices leading up to the game as it is about the journey. Bowl practices are more important for the first year on the coaching…
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Brent Venables: Oklahoma needs to play ‘Pissed’ in Bedlam

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MORGANTOWN, WV — Nothing can save Oklahoma time at this point. Affiliate (5-5 overall, 2-5 Big 12) snapped its losing streak in conference play with a 23-20 loss Saturday to West Virginia in Morgantown. OU's plethora of problems all add up to a losing effort. There were special teams scrimmages, costly procedural penalties, third-down struggles on both sides of the ball and Oklahoma once again showed that it can handle any type of offense. For the second time this season, the Swifts had to take a flight to Normandy, due to the ongoing costs of recent negotiations. The losses to Kansas State and TCU were a gut punch, but it was theoretically enough time to turn the season around and potentially get back into the Big 12 race. But, with…
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