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Iowa St.-Oklahoma Preview

Oct 13, 2010 - 1:40 PM By JEFF LATZKE AP College Football Writer

Iowa State (3-3) at Oklahoma (5-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- As much as Oklahoma's championship chances can hinge on beating rival Texas, the Sooners always seem to be at their best just after the Red River Rivalry.

Under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma is 11-0 in the game that follows the annual October clash with the Longhorns in Dallas.

Even in the aftermath of Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford's season-ending shoulder injury last year, Oklahoma came back the following week with a 35-13 blowout at Kansas.

This year, the sixth-ranked Sooners (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) have the added benefit of an off week before this Saturday night's home game against Iowa State (3-3, 1-1). It's the first time since 1999, Stoops' first season in Norman, that Oklahoma was off after facing Texas.

Stoops' Sooners are 14-3 following an off week, including 12-0 at home.

"Our best teams have always pushed and gotten stronger. We've always come off of Texas week and played pretty decent. We've always came off an open date and played pretty good," offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Tuesday.

"Now, we've got both of them together. Now, we can use both."

Oklahoma practiced four times last week then took a three-day weekend before getting back to work on Monday. The extra time gave linebacker Austin Box and running back Roy Finch, who both missed the first five games of the season with injuries, the chance to get healthy again.

Both will be available to play against the Cyclones, although Stoops wasn't sure how much either would get on the field after so much time away. DeMarco Murray and Mossis Madu have cemented their roles as the Sooners' top tailbacks, and Tom Wort - Box's replacement - is coming off perhaps his best game in Oklahoma's 28-20 win against Texas.

The problem of having too many healthy players is a welcome trend for the Sooners, considering at this point last year they were dealing with the loss of Bradford in a season filled with injuries. Star tight end Jermaine Gresham was lost for the entire season, receiver Ryan Broyles missed most of two games with a shoulderblade injury and Murray was out the week after the Texas game.

Defensive tackle Casey Walker is the only player on the two-deep roster who's out now.

"We've been able to stay healthy this year. That's the biggest thing," defensive captain Travis Lewis said. "It's always fun when you're winning football games and stuff is going right.

"The great thing is that we're 5-0 and we still have a lot to work on, a lot to get better at. That's good with any team that's undefeated. When you've got a lot of stuff to work at, it's going to make it where you can't relax."

The Sooners have won 11 straight games against Iowa State and have dominated the all-time series 67-5-2. The Cyclones are coming off a 68-27 loss at home to No. 10 Utah, but had a 52-38 win against Texas Tech just a week earlier.

Stoops said that win against a Big 12 South team should get his players' attention, but "as much as anything, we're not focused on the other team, we're focused on us being as good as we can be."

"We're still a work in progress, and the better teams, the teams that go on and have a chance to win championships improve as the season goes on," Stoops said. "So, that's really our challenge, to make sure that we're coming out this week and improving and playing better."








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    IOWA ST 0 0 0 0 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 10 21 14 7 52 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: OKLAHOMA - TD, JAMES HANNA 4 YD PASS FROM
    LANDRY JONES (JIMMY STEVENS
    KICK), 3:10. OKLAHOMA 7-0
    OKLAHOMA - FG, JIMMY STEVENS 37 YD, 10:47.
    OKLAHOMA 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: OKLAHOMA - TD, RY

    Oct 16 10:22 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 52 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Oct 16 10:22 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA DREW ALLEN 7 YD RUN (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)






    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 52  4th - 1:23Oct 16 10:19 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA DREW ALLEN 7 YD RUN (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)






    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 52  4th - 1:23Oct 16 10:19 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 52 1:23 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 52  4th - 1:23Oct 16 10:19 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 45 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Oct 16 9:43 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA DEMARCO MURRAY 10 YD RUN (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)






    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 45  3rd - 3:12Oct 16 9:37 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA DEMARCO MURRAY 10 YD RUN (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)






    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 45  3rd - 3:12Oct 16 9:37 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 45 3:12 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 45  3rd - 3:12Oct 16 9:37 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA DEMARCO MURRAY 15 YD PASS FROM LANDRY JONES (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)







    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 38  3rd - 9:39Oct 16 9:15 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA DEMARCO MURRAY 15 YD PASS FROM LANDRY JONES (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)







    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 38  3rd - 9:39Oct 16 9:15 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA DEMARCO MURRAY 15 YD PASS FROM LANDRY JONES (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)







    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 38  3rd - 9:39Oct 16 9:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 38 9:39 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 38  3rd - 9:39Oct 16 9:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 31 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Oct 16 8:40 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA DEMARCO MURRAY 1 YD RUN (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)






    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 31  2nd - 0:32Oct 16 8:34 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA DEMARCO MURRAY 1 YD RUN (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)






    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 31  2nd - 0:32Oct 16 8:34 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 31 0:32 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 31  2nd - 0:32Oct 16 8:34 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA TREY MILLARD 1 YD RUN (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)






    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 24  2nd - 4:29Oct 16 8:21 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA TREY MILLARD 1 YD RUN (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)






    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 24  2nd - 4:29Oct 16 8:21 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 24 4:29 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 24  2nd - 4:29Oct 16 8:21 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA RYAN BROYLES 40 YD PASS FROM LANDRY JONES (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)







    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 17  2nd - 13:06Oct 16 7:59 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA RYAN BROYLES 40 YD PASS FROM LANDRY JONES (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)







    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 17  2nd - 13:06Oct 16 7:59 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA RYAN BROYLES 40 YD PASS FROM LANDRY JONES (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)







    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 17  2nd - 13:06Oct 16 7:59 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 17 13:06 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 17  2nd - 13:06Oct 16 7:59 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 10 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Oct 16 7:47 PM



  • FG OKLAHOMA JIMMY STEVENS 37 YD





    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 10  1st - 4:13Oct 16 7:40 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 10 4:13 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 10  1st - 4:13Oct 16 7:40 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA JAMES HANNA 3 YD PASS FROM LANDRY JONES (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)







    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 7  1st - 11:50Oct 16 7:18 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA JAMES HANNA 3 YD PASS FROM LANDRY JONES (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)







    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 7  1st - 11:50Oct 16 7:18 PM



  • TD OKLAHOMA JAMES HANNA 3 YD PASS FROM LANDRY JONES (JIMMY STEVENS KICK)







    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 7  1st - 11:50Oct 16 7:18 PM


  • NCAAF
    IOWA ST 0
    OKLAHOMA (6) 7 11:50 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Iowa State 0, Oklahoma(6) 7  1st - 11:50Oct 16 7:18 PM