With Bedlam Looming, OU Must Fix Run Defense

With Bedlam Looming, OU Must Fix Run Defense

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OU could do little to stop West Virginia’s running game, but still won. To have hopes of beating Oklahoma State and its two-headed rushing attack, the Sooners will have to find some quick fixes.

As he sauntered to the post game podium late Saturday night, Mike Stoops was handed a copy of the stat sheet.”Do I have to look at them?” said Stoops, as he flipped the paper over. “I don’t want to see them.”

In a 50-49 win Stoops’ defense deserved to lose, the Sooners couldn’t pressure Geno Smith, couldn’t cover Stedman Bailey and, most certainly, couldn’t tackle Tavon Austin. Stoops was brought back to the save the Sooners’ defense, not surrender 778 total yards, which was far more than Brent Venables or any other OU defensive coordinator ever allowed.

“A humbling night in a lot of ways,” Stoops said. “Very disappointed in our containment of the football, our ability to tackle in space. Virtually the whole second half was a fiasco.
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