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Sooners striving for more

September 18, 2004


— No. 2 Oklahoma scored touchdowns on seven straight possessions, held its opponent to 61 yards rushing and returned a punt for a touchdown.

Coach Bob Stoops thinks OU (2-0) can play even better today against Oregon (0-1).

"You have to keep improving," Stoops said. "Two games, that's all it is: two games. We realize as time goes, as your competition continues to be more difficult, that you've got to keep improving and doing everything you've been doing well either as well or better.

"That's my concern is that we keep pushing and improving. I believe we will."

Of course, the 63-13 win against Houston wasn't a perfect game for Oklahoma. Trey DiCarlo missed a 47-yard field goal, D.J. Wolfe lost a fumble and the Sooners committed seven penalties.

In Stoops' assessment, the good overshadowed the bad.

"I felt like we played really solid in all parts of the game," Stoops said. "I felt like we improved from the week before in all the areas we were looking at improving in. The defense tackled better, offensively the running game improved and special teams had some good returns."

Perhaps the most glaring errors were OU defenders leaving receivers uncovered on two passing plays, with the first allowing Kendall Briles to pick up 63 yards on a slant pattern.

Stoops said those occasional mistakes are nothing new.

"It's not unlike every year we've been here," Stoops said. "There's always some ironing out to do, guys getting familiar with adjustments. I don't recall a year I've ever coached when early on that hasn't been somewhat of an issue, and I don't believe it's a big one.

"We want to be perfect, and that's what we're pushing for."

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