“I’ll take it,” junior linebacker Travis Lewis said. “We’re 3-0. We’ve got nothing to complain about. You want to be in tough games because you enter the Big 12 and that’s all you’re going to go through.”
Even though the fans probably do not have the same point of views on the victories as the players and coaches, the simple facts support the ones playing the game.
“A win’s a win for us, always, and that’s the way we look at it,” said freshman wide receiver Kenny Stills, who made the game-sealing, third-down reception with just over a minute left in the game. “We still have a lot of area for improvement, and that’s what we’re going to look at on film and take it into next week.”
And, do not forget, Utah State and Air Force proved they are not teams that will just roll over and give up an easy victory. Air Force entered the game with the same record as the Sooners and was one of the most productive offensive teams in the nation.
“Air Force is a really good team,” senior running back Mossis Madu said. “Fans look at them and ‘They’re just Air Force.’ They don’t know how difficult this team was and how hard they are going to fight against you. We knew they would come in here and put up a fight against us.”
Unlike the Utah State game, the players did not leave the game acting like they had just suffered a loss, and fans do not see this game as a devastating foreshadowing of how the rest of the season is going to pan out.
“People want to say 27-24 like it’s not a good thing,” said junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who caught 10 passes for 116 yards. “On the offensive side of the ball, I think if you can put up that kind of points then it’s going to be hard for anyone beat you.”
Madu may have put it perfectly when he paraphrased something offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson told his squad a year ago.
“I remember last year coach Wilson was saying in the elevator – I forgot which game it was – all we need to do is win by one point,” Madu said. “It’s not about how many points you win by if you beat the other team by one point.”
The Sooners got a three-point edge rather than the one point Madu mentioned, but it is safe to say OU will take the difference it got over Air Force.