'We're not scared of the Sooner Magic'

Players gathered Monday afternoon to discuss the upcoming Bedlam showdown. Think they are gonna back off? Yeah, right.

It worked like clockwork last year.

Oklahoma State, then 1-6 in the Big 12 Conference, went into Norman and outplayed a No. 4 Oklahoma team.

Zero rushing yards for OU and seven sacks by the Cowboys for a loss of 53 yards are just a few of the statistics from that game.

Final score forever embedded in Cowboy and Sooner fans' minds: 16-13.

OSU and No. 3 OU will meet up again on Saturday, for a Bedlam matchup the Cowboys have been looking forward to for a year.

"They're a nationally ranked football team," OSU coach Les Miles said of the Sooners. "They look just like them. There's no weaknesses, they're solid across the board."

The Sooners come into Stillwater with one loss to Texas A&M, and an overall record of 10-1. The Cowboys stand at 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12 — bowl eligibility gained with a win over Baylor on Saturday.

The Sooners most recently knocked off then No. 23 Texas Tech, 60-15. OU tailback Quentin Griffin rushed 31 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns in the Tech game to win SBC Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

"That No. 22, he's just doing the rest for 'em," OSU defensive lineman Kevin Williams said of Griffin. "He's been running the ball great all season. I think guys think he's going down, but he sticks his head down and keeps running."
So what do the Cowboys have to stop Griffin?

"Me," Williams said jokingly. "Nah, we'll just do what we been doing."

Russell said the Cowboys recent success against OU has come from rising to the challenge.

"I don't think we're scared of ‘em," Russell said. "We know what they do, and we know we have the same athletes they do.

"We're not scared of the ‘Sooner Magic.'"

Cowboy linebacker Terrence Robinson said there's a lot on the line for both teams in this game.

"There's a lot to play for," Robinson said. "With this OU win, it would put us in a better position to play at a better bowl. But on top of that, it's a huge pride thing."

Miles added that OU has improved from last year.

"I think they can attack on broader fronts, and we're gonna' have to play better," Miles said. "They've got a great running attack with Quentin Griffin. They can throw the football — they have dangerous receivers. They have some defensive linemen that nobody in the country has but them, some special guys.

"Athletic linebackers, safeties that'll hit, corners that'll cover and special teams that are laced with speed."

Russell, who was the only Cowboy to come out and say he definitely had a healthy hatred for the Sooners, also said the Cowboys always step up their game for OU.

"You know you have the same athletes, you have the same characteristics as an OU and we needed to prove it (last year) and win a big game like that, and we did," Russell said. "Being able to hold those guys out from another national championship possibility and to help us out to go to a bigger bowl — that's what we're playing for."

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