Landry Jones was the first to clearly state that he didn't have a good game Saturday against Kansas State.
The starting quarterback said the loss was “probably on me.”
Then comes Monday, when the media is asking Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops questions. One of those questions referred to Jones' struggles and if those struggles continued if Stoops would consider replacing Jones.
Bob Stoop said this: “No.”
And that's it.
No debate. No discussion. No maybe. Landry Jones is and will be the starting quarterback for Oklahoma for 2012, and Blake Bell will run his Belldozer package when needed.
STOOPS WANTS WILLIAMS TO GET THE BALL MORE
Damien Williams busted off long touchdown runs in each of Oklahoma's first two games, but he only earned 10 carries in Saturday's 24-19 loss to Kansas State.
Williams finished with 36 yards; he had what originally appeared to be a 65-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter called back because of a holding penalty. Replays showed, though, that Williams had stepped out of bounds after about 10 yards.
Dominique Whaley and Roy Finch carried the ball before Williams got his first touch Saturday.
Coach Bob Stoops was asked Monday at his weekly news conference if Williams — who has rushed for 293 yards and five touchdowns through three games and is OU's leading rusher — should be getting more than 10 carries a game.
“Yeah; he needs to keep getting the ball more,” Williams said. “Definitely. That's something we want to do.”
He said he expects Williams' carries to increase as the season progresses.
Saturday, Whaley was Oklahoma's leading rusher with 56 yards on nine carries.
BIG 12 ANNOUNCES KICKOFF TIME FOR OU-TEXAS TECH
Oklahoma's Oct. 6 game at Texas Tech will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, the Big 12 Conference announced Monday.
The network designation will be announced at a later date.
The Sooners (2-1 overall, 0-1 Big 12) are entering a bye week following their 24-19 home loss to Kansas State last weekend. Texas Tech opens its conference slate Saturday at Iowa State.
David King on what he'll tell the defense to pull them back together after the loss:
“Are we going to fold? How do you want this season to play out? Because it's really on us. The coaches can only do so much. They're not out there playing. It's us, the 11 guys on defense.
“What are we going to do? How are we going to respond to being hit in the face? Are we going to just sit there and take it and continue to lose to Tech and Texas and Notre Dame coming up? Or are we going to come out with a mentality like we have to get ourselves together?”