Former OU captain calling out fans, student section ahead of Ohio State game
NORMAN, Okla. – While many Sooner fans are already preparing to tailgate ahead of one of the biggest games of the season, one former OU captain is asking for your help.
Ty Darlington was a steady force on the offensive line, providing the first barrier between a defender and the quarterback.
Now, he is asking for help for his former teammates against the Buckeyes.
Darlington posted the plea to his blog, saying he was never a believer in home field advantage until they played Tennessee in Knoxville.
“The noise was a constant, oppressive force. I could literally feel it on my skin. But these fans weren’t just loud on the first drive. Or just on 3rd down. Or just in the fourth quarter. It was every. single. play,” he wrote.
At times during the game, Darlington says they couldn’t even communicate what play they were going to run because of the noise.
Now, he wants OU fans to make their presence known against Ohio State on Saturday night.
“You, the fan, have every bit as important of a job: Make their lives a living hell for 3 hours, 4 hours, or however long it takes. Make it impossible for them to communicate. Get inside their heads on the sideline. Set the tone in pregame, and then bring fanatical energy and noise for every play, not just the third down or crucial moments,” he wrote.
Darlington also made a point to specifically call out the OU student section.
“I’ve seen the student section half empty for a Bedlam game. The student section is usually not completely full at kickoff. I’ve watched the student section empty out in the third quarter of games that were far from decided on multiple occasions. Students engage in what I would call conditional participation. Only in very certain scenarios will you stay for the duration of the game,” he wrote.
The No. 3 ranked Buckeyes will play No. 14 OU on Saturday inside Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.