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November 7, 2013

Sooners have to hit the ground running against Bears

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NORMAN, Okla. —

The goal Thursday is going to be control ball, shorten the game and try to win it in the fourth quarter. That can’t happen without scoring some points early and getting some early stops.

“If we play 90-100 snaps, it’s not good. You can’t win a game, I don’t believe, playing Baylor if we have to play 90-100 snaps. That’s not a game that you want to be in,” OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “You hope your offense can control the football and you can control the tempo of the game. If they are running in those numbers, it means they have the ball and they are running very efficiently and that’s going to stress your defense more than the d-line. It’s going to stress your players covering those guys for 100 snaps. Covering them for 100 snaps is virtually impossible.”

Baylor’s been able to run up those massive play totals because repeatedly this season, they’ve habitually built first-quarter leads.

The Sooners know if it happens to them Thursday it will be an excruciatingly long night.

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