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TU Preps For Huge Opportunity In Norman

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Coach Bill Blankenship stressed that Saturday is a great opportunity to face a first-class program; but that doesn't mean he wants his team to be intimidated by the atmosphere and aura of Memorial Stadium, or the logo on the side of their helmet.  

"That's why we want to play them," Blankenship said.  "You use these games to measure yourself. I would like to think we're ready. Our guys act like they are. But we've got a lot of new faces and hopefully they'll follow the lead of our veteran players."

Defensive tackle Derrick Luetjen echoed those thoughts.

"We're taught not to look at the logo," Luetjen said.  "What we do is look at the film."

Of course there are bloodlines involved in the match-up. Most notably Trey Watts and Darnell Walker. Both of their father's were famous Sooners. Now Watts says his father is hoping for a famous victory from his son in Norman.

"I dreamed of being a Sooner at the age of five or six," Watts said.  "But now its just about the Golden Hurricane."

And with plenty of players growing up in Oklahoma they're excited not only to get out there but to win.

"I think it's okay to say, you know, I think I could have played here and I didn't get recruited and whatever," Blankenship said.  "That's great if it motivates you. But hopefully it will be more because of what we see on film."

The last time TU beat OU was in 1996 in Norman.

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