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September 6, 2013

Sooners don’t want to repeat Morgantown failures

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West Virginia at No. 16 Oklahoma

Time: 6 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports.

Radio: KMOD, FM-97.5.

Records: OU 1-0; West Virginia 1-0.

Line: Oklahoma by 20 1/2.

Series record: Oklahoma leads 3-2

At stake: The winner of the first Big 12 game of the season will get a leg up in the conference race. Oklahoma wants to learn if its defense is as good as it seemed in a season-opening 34-0 romp over Louisiana-Monroe, the Sooners’ first shutout since the 2010 season. West Virginia is hoping its typically freewheeling offense isn’t as sluggish as it appeared when the Mountaineers trailed by 10 points at halftime before rallying by William & Mary 24-17

Key matchup: Oklahoma’s defense began a late-season swoon last season at West Virginia, giving up a school-record 778 yards to the Mountaineers, albeit in a 50-49 win. The Sooners remember that game and see their matchup against West Virginia as a sort of measuring stick. Will the changes made by Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops be enough to offset the game plan developed by the Mountaineers’ coach and offensive mastermind, Dana Holgorsen? Even without Geno Smith and Tavon Austin — who ran wild over the Sooners last season — can West Virginia again pile up the yards and points?

Notes: West Virginia’s last visit to Norman came in 1982, when quarterback Jeff Hostetler passed for 321 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers to a 41-27 upset of No. 9 Oklahoma . The win over Louisiana-Monroe was No. 150 in Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops’ career. He became the sixth-fastest major-college coach to reach 150 wins, having done so in 187 games . Landry Jones’ touchdown pass to Kenny Stills with 24 seconds left last season lifted Oklahoma past the Mountaineers in Morgantown . Oklahoma kicker Nick Hodgson booted seven kickoffs for touchbacks against Louisiana-Monroe.

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Do you think "blue laws" related to Sunday alcohol sales in Oklahoma should be relaxed? Choose the option that most closely reflects your opinion.

Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars, and liquor stores should be open.
Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars only; liquor stores should stay closed.
Liquor stores should be open Sundays, but drinks should not be served anywhere on Sundays.
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