Tobi Neidy of the OU Daily: ""You can't take any team for granted," Wort said. "If we play like that again, we're going to get beat. We have a lot of pride on our defense, and lot of people were mad about the way we played." But the Sooners weren't letting anger get the best of them during preparation for Saturday's..."
The OU Athletics Ticket Office has announced that a limited number of tickets for this Saturday's football game against Ball State are available. The tickets were unclaimed by OU students.
The tickets are $54 each and may be purchased online as long as supply lasts. Orders also will be accepted on the phone at (800) 456-GoOU or in-person at the Ticket Office during regular business hours.
Mike Baldwin of the Oklahoman: "Besides making on-target, bullet snaps, OU's center has added responsibility since the Sooners prefer to play up tempo. "I have to get over the ball and get my feet set, turn and see what Landry is saying," Ikard said. "If it's tempo, I have to get down (quickly), get my hand on the ball..."
FOX Sports Southwest will distribute this weekend's OU vs. Ball State football game on a pay-per-view basis to participating program providers. The suggested retail price is $39.95. The pay-per-view telecast will be available in high-definition.
From ESPN: "On a night Ryan Broyles caught three touchdowns, Dominique Whaley compiled 150 all-purpose yards and Trey Millard nearly decapitated his hometown team's free safety, Reynolds stood out. Replacing Kenny Stills, who was sidelined after suffering symptoms of a concussion late in the week, Reynolds..."
Coach Stoops announced that center Ben Habern will miss 6-8 weeks after breaking a radius bone in his right arm during the Sooners' 38-28 win over Missouri Saturday. Stoops said that it may be possible to review Habern for guard duty in 4-6 weeks.
Habern, who missed time in 2008 (medical redshirt) and 2009 with ankle injuries, had started 17 consecutive games, including all 14 last season, before suffering the injury in Saturday's game. Gabe Ikard, who moved from guard to center during the Missouri game, is expected to start in that position in Habern's absence.
Friday, September 23
Following his two interception performance last week at Florida State, safety Javon Harris will have the privilege of wearing Austin Box's No. 12 Saturday against Missouri. Coach Stoops made the announcement today. QB Landry Jones and LB Travis Lewis contribute to the decision each week, as the number will continue to rotate among defensive players throughout the season.
Travis Haney of the Oklahoman: "If one is taken away, either by defenses or circumstances, the other is perfectly capable of beating you. That is what Oklahoma's opposition has learned in its first two games in the cases of receivers Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills. Independently, they're ultra-talented, among the nation's best..."
Ball State has returned approximately 300 tickets for its game at Oklahoma on Oct. 1 and those tickets are now available to the public. The price is $54 each. The tickets may be ordered on the phone at (800) 456-GoOU (4668), in person at the ticket office located on the west side of the stadium or online. Kickoff time for that game has been set for 6 p.m.
A day after being named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, OU safety Javon Harris collected national honors Tuesday. Harris has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at Florida State:
FAN FAQ: MISSOURI
It's Tuesday of game week and the No. 1 Sooners are focused on hosting the Missouri Tigers in Norman Saturday night. Here's a quick rundown of information for Sooner fans to answer the most frequently asked questions leading up to the game:
Safety Javon Harris was named the Big 12 Conference's Defensive Player of the Week for his sterling effort at Florida State. Harris intercepted two passes, including one that he returned 69 yards. Both of his picks set up OU field goals, including the final points of the game, which gave the Sooners a 10-point lead with 2:01 remaining. Harris also had three tackles, all unassisted.
Coach Stoops announced Friday morning that senior DE Frank Alexander will wear No. 12 at Florida State on Saturday in memory of the late Austin Box. The number will continue to rotate among OU defensive players throughout the season.
The Sooners departed Norman around 2 p.m., Friday afternoon. Follow OU's official Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates and photos during the trip. We'll shift over to our Gameday Blog Saturday morning with flavor from Tallahassee. For complete details and coverage options, visit Sooner Gameday Central.
We're also sharing the experiences of Sooner fans headed for Tallahassee right here on SoonerSports.com. Email us updates and photos from your trip to SoonerSportscom@gmail.com our mention @SoonerSportscom on Twitter and we'll post here:
Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Weeks like this should make Oklahoma fans appreciate the mental toughness of football coach Bob Stoops. And how it permeates to his players. The top-ranked Sooners' national championship hopes will be on the line Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla., against No. 5 Florida State..."
OU box office served approximately 7,000 Sooner fans (more expected in Tallahassee). Fans are urged to wear white Sooner gear to stand out from home crowd and align themselves with white road jerseys team will wear on field:
John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: "Sooner players say there are many incentives for going through the brutal offseason grind. One of the biggest ones comes Saturday night when the top-ranked Sooners (1-0) face No. 5 Florida State (2-0) at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. "Games like this are the reason..."
FSU's Lamarcus Joyner from article in the Orlando Sentinel: "How can we convince Oklahoma? Why should these guys fear us? Look what they did last year? (But) they shouldn't think like that." He then added: "It's going to be a great game to watch. (I'm) fully emotional. I'm just ready to show the nation how hard we've..."
From the OU Daily: "Broyles had a typical performance, and fortunately for OU, that meant hauling in 14 receptions for 158 yards and one touchdown. While that was the lone touchdown in the air for the Sooners, several other receivers stepped up. Sophomore Trey Franks, who saw increased playing with the graduation..."
In lieu of flowers for Saturday's services in Oklahoma, the Selmon family has asked that gifts be made to the Sooner Club in Lee Roy's name. The Sooner Club funds scholarships for OU student-athletes. The address is 180 W. Brooks, Suite #3575, Norman, OK 73019.
Back for its second year, Sounds of Saturday takes you inside game day in Norman. The first edition of 2011 highlights the new Voice of the Sooners, Toby Rowland, as well as celebrity fans, Kings of Leon. The SoonerVision feature is one of many produced entirely by OU students throughout the year and airs on Coach Stoops' weekly review show during the football season. View the complete airing schedule here and visit OU All-Access for more video.
From the Norman Transcript: "The Sooners have two weeks to prepare for No. 6 Florida State. They meet Sept. 17 in Tallahassee in one of college football's biggest non-conference games this season. Of course, OU did trounce the Seminoles 47-17 in last season's meeting at Owen Field. Stoops said it won't be..."
From the Norman Transcript: "Oklahoma running back Dominique Whaley said he isn't exactly comfortable being in the spotlight. After rushing for 131 yards in Saturday night's 47-14 season-opening victory over Tulsa, the junior walk-on would have preferred to quietly slip out of Owen Field instead of talking to reporters..."
Clay Horning of the Norman Transcript: "It was that kind of night for top-ranked Oklahoma, which opened the season with a 47-14 victory over Tulsa on Saturday night at Owen Field, offering the kind of ho-hum domination the Sooner Nation has to appreciate. It was the kind of win after which nobody has to rail about the passing..."
WORT TO WEAR NO. 12 Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops announced Friday morning that linebacker Tom Wort will wear No. 12 against Tulsa on Saturday to honor the late Austin Box.
Stoops said that No. 12 will rotate among defensive players during the season. Earlier this week, he explained that quarterback Landry Jones, who wears No. 12 on offense, and linebacker Travis Lewis will play a significant role in the selection process.
Wort, a sophomore, normally wears No. 21. He is starting in the same position that Box played for the Sooners, middle linebacker.
Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman: "Your move, Oklahoma. Go ahead, Sooners. Make the last move that sinks the Big 12. And it is quite possible, in light of Texas A&M's defection, that your move will be one that politically astute Texas quietly supports while also hoping that it happens quickly. The Longhorns..."
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