Take 3: Red River Rivalry time

Three takeaways from Stoops' presser on Texas week.

Every Monday afternoon during the football season, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops holds a weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated is there for all of them and gives you the three biggest things from the event.

Game No. 5: vs. Texas (at Cotton Bowl)

Take No. 1: OU remembers last year

Here we go again. Another OU-Texas showdown where the Sooners are expected to dominate the Longhorns. We know how that turned out last year. And so does OU.

“I’ll show them last year’s. We already had before we started the season,” Stoops said. “But the year before doesn’t have anything to do with now, the guys who are on this team. Plus, I think we have a 31-19 lead with two minutes in the game when they scored their last touchdown.

“I know everyone statistically is saying that they killed us, but I’ll take a 31-19 lead every single day with two minutes to go and give you more yards or more whatever.”

OU has been double-digit favorites the last three years but only sports a 1-2 record in that time. OU is around a 10-point favorite right now.

Take No. 2: Perine regaining form

Saturday felt like a blast from the past game for OU running back Samaje Perine. After Joe Mixon had seemingly carried the ground game the first three games, Perine was back to being his usual self against the Horned Frogs.

“I like the way Samaje not only closes a game, he does everything,” Stoops said. “A great runner. I think, too, he’s just now coming back into his form after missing so much. He misses all spring and summer, he finally gets on the field in two-a-days, you’re not in live action.

“You say, Put him in live. Well I’m not putting him in a scrimmage and someone hurts his ankle or knee. You can’t do that. To get live, full-speed action, I think he’s really starting to show that again this past week, running out of tackles and making people miss him and doing what he’s capable of doing. It takes time.”

That time is done, and OU fans should expect more of the same from Perine that they saw Saturday evening.

Take No. 3: Seibert bounces back

Not a great start to his sophomore season for kicker Austin Seibert, but he responded in a major way at TCU and earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

“I just saw him over in the team room, too, and told him again. He’s a great kicker, I’m telling you,” Stoops said. “Punter, kicker, that guy is so talented, and everyone I think is gonna see it as we go through the year and in his years here.

“He is as talented a guy with his leg as any I’ve been around in my time in football, so I hope it’ll keep happening that way for him. It should. And he has a great demeanor about him and how he prepares and how he handles everything.”

Seibert was big time in all three phases of kicking in helping the Sooners earn the win against the Horned Frogs.


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