NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma safety Lendy Holmes was a redshirt freshman backup wide receiver when TCU knocked off the Sooners on opening day in 2005.
He has only one memory of that game.
"Losing," Holmes said Tuesday. "Just losing. There is a lot of motivation (for) TCU coming here to play again."
Circumstances were completely different for both teams. OU was in a transitional year that evolved into an 8-4 record, the worst under Stoops. But the game boiled down to one thing, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson recalled.
"We just weren't ready to play, and we weren't ready to play because they were," he said.
And while the memory of that loss lingers for the Sooners, revenge motivation is unnecessary given the Horned Frogs' national ranking and defensive reputation.
Safety Nic Harris, another vet from '05, says there really isn't a need to bring that game up to the younger players, nor to harp on it.
"To be where we want to be at the end of the season, we have to win games," Harris said. "It doesn't matter who the opponent is or what happened in history. We have to win the next game, and that's TCU."
Senior center Jon Cooper said he nevertheless learned a valuable lesson in his first game as a Sooner.
"That's why they play the games," he said.
NAVY GET POINSETTIA BOWL INVITE: Navy will play in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl if it has the required six victories.
Navy has played in the San Diego bowl twice since it started in 2005. The Midshipmen played in the inaugural game, beating Colorado State 51-30, and again last year, when it lost 35-32 to Utah.
Shortly after the bowl was founded, officials said they wanted to get Navy into a rotation of playing in the game once every three to five years.
Bowl officials said discussions are under way with the Mountain West Conference to continue sending one of its top teams to the Poinsettia Bowl in 2010 and beyond. This year, the MWC team will face the seventh-place team from the Pacific-10 Conference.