Oklahoma hoping for better start against Tennessee

No. 19 Oklahoma is hoping for a better start when it visits No. 25 Tennessee on Saturday.

Coach Bob Stoops says cutting down on penalties will help.

The Sooners were held to a single field goal in their first six possessions against Akron on Saturday, a slower-than-expected start for Oklahoma's heralded "Air Raid" offense under new coordinator Lincoln Riley. But it went on to a 41-3 season-opening victory against the Zips.

Stoops is chalking up the early issues to penalties. Three of those six drives included a penalty - two false starts and one holding call - and there were two other penalties on early punt returns by the Sooners.

But Stoops says "For a period of time, we executed really well and avoided penalties that hurt us and operated like we feel we can."

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