Holmes Recalls 2005, Ready for Re-Match

Senior defensive back Lendy Holmes is one of the few players left on the current OU roster that is able to re-call what it was like when TCU came to Norman and knocked off the fifth ranked Sooners back in 2005.

The last time the Sooners were defeated with-in the confines of Owen Field was back in 2005 when the TCU Horned Frogs came in to Norman and pulled off an improbable 17-10 victory.

Lendy Holmes was playing on the offensive side of the ball at that point in time as a wide receiver and remembers that the Horned Frogs were able to hold the Sooners to 225 yards and 14 first downs.

As Holmes recalls there was no ranting and raving from the OU coaching staff after the loss, but the Sooners now know that TCU is not the type of team that you take lightly.

"I am pretty sure he was upset," Holmes said with a laugh when asked if Bob Stoops was mad after the game. "There was no hoopin or hollerin."

"The memory of that game that stands out the most is obviously losing the season opener at home, and I know I don't want to feel that way again."

In the 2008 version of the OU Vs. TCU saga Holmes will now be a key component on the defensive side of the ball, and he is ready to face a wide array of different plays from the Horned Frog offense.

"They got a little bit of everything," Holmes admitted. "You have just got to be prepared for it. TCU is a real good team. Just looking at them they have good players all across the board. They have a quarterback, they have a running back, and they have good receivers. This is not a team to be sleeping on."

"Obviously we have been preparing hard everyday, so as the days go by we are getting ready for them. We had an off-week preparing for them, so I feel like we are ready for them."

Since the OU coaches closed down practices to the media and the general public this Fall there has been speculation that it could be because of a potential spy in the media ranks who reported back some of the Sooners best kept secrets prior to the 2005 game, but Holmes - who has been with OU the entire time – claims that has not been talked about by the team.

"That is news to me," Holmes said when asked about the spy. "That is the first time I had heard that."

One area that the Sooners have sort of struggled on in 2008 is special teams, where some things have broken loose to set up some scoring drives, but Holmes play has been rock solid in that area.

"You have got to have attitude, effort, and heart to play special teams," Holmes responded when asked about his ST success.

"Special teams is about field position. You are either going to have great field position or you are not going to have great field position and like I said it is all about whether you have attitude, effort, and heart."


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