OU notebook: Brent Venables happy with defense overall

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: September 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm •  Published: September 18, 2011

Oklahoma's defense held Florida State to 246 yards.

Bolstered by six sacks, the Seminoles averaged 1.0 yards on 26 carries.

“Our guys played fast,” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “(Florida State) made some plays, some we don't think they should have made. Going into the game, we tightened up some coverage.

“They were working us a little bit, kind of frustrating you but also knowing they weren't consistently running the ball, so their play-action game wasn't working great. We really felt we were in control most of the game.”

ONLY ONE DEFENSIVE LAPSE

The Sooners had three defensive lapses in the opener against Tulsa but surrendered only one big play against Florida State, a 56-yard touchdown pass.

On third-and-28. FSU receiver Rashad Greene leapt high to snare the ball away from Javon Harris and Jamell Fleming, then broke free to tie the game 13-13 early in the fourth quarter.

“We were in double coverage,” Venables said. “The guy just makes a good play. I obviously was disappointed. As a coach, you don't feel you could be in a better call. But that's going to happen. They were really motivated and have good players as well.”

On FSU's next possession Harris' interception set up a field goal that made it a two possession game.

DECISION TIME

With Travis Lewis returning from a broken toe, the Sooners played more “50” defense with nickel back Tony Jefferson at times playing free safety.

Will Jefferson play more safety moving forward?

“I played both (positions) the whole week,” Jefferson said. “It's fun back there. That was my first time. It's a lot different. I was back there in coverage but also came down and made a couple of tackles.”


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