The Moore American


November 21, 2012

No excuses for Oklahoma defense

MOORE — Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops took just about all the blame after the Sooners gave up a school record 778 yards in their 50-49 victory over West Virginia.

On Monday, the mea culpa continued.

“It was criminal a lot of positions we put those guys in,” he said after Monday’s practice. “That’s our fault. It just wasn’t coached right. To their credit, he (West Virginia’s Tavon Austin) was fantastic. We couldn’t catch him and gave him too much space.”

Stoops spoke in general terms about the things that had to be fixed scheme wise. One thing he indicated is the seven-defensive back package OU frequently used against Baylor and West Virginia likely won’t be an option against Oklahoma State on Saturday. OSU running back Joseph Randle is too good for it to be an option.

However, Stoops believes the Cowboys are very similar to the Mountaineers in scheme, and that should help in their preparation.

As far as the West Virginia game goes, OU’s defense watched video Monday, but that was it.

Stoops still hasn’t looked at the stats. They weren’t necessary. The Sooners have team goals for every game based on opponent statistics.

“We didn’t reach any of them,” he said.

The whiffs: OU coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners had 20 missed tackles in the West Virginia game. Just about all them were whiffs trying to bring West Virginia’s Austin down.

“We haven’t had that in a long, long time,” Stoops said. But, again, the interesting part, I don’t want to sit here and not give Tavon Austin (credit) — obviously, he’ll get his credit, and he should — (but) the other guys run it 20 times for 62 yards. He ran it 21 for whatever (344). They didn’t run different plays with those other guys. So this guy can make some things happen and he hadn’t been in the backfield.”

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