After Texas' 36-20 upset over Oklahoma on Saturday, Sooners players were still confident OU could get back into the league race.
“You've still got to try to springboard it,” fullback Trey Millard said. “The Big 12, we can still win. We had one loss last year in the Big 12. We got a co-championship. It's still out there for us. We just have to go out and do our job the rest of the season.”
The Sooners get to start that springboard against Kansas, where they'll play Saturday.
The Jayhawks have dropped 23 consecutive conference games dating back to 2010.
TEXAS D SLOWS DOWN BELL
Blake Bell ran just three times for eight yards in the loss to Texas, although the Longhorns had struggled to contain quarterbacks in the run game.
“Some of it was quarterback-read game, and the way they were playing their edges, the ball is given around on the perimeter,” Sooners co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “We had a couple quarterback runs inside we didn't execute. We didn't have efficient plays.”
Heupel said Texas' defense also led Bell to hand off on zone-read plays as well.
Bell was sacked four times for minus-35 yards to finish with minus-27 yards rushing.
PROTECTION AN ISSUE
One of the biggest reasons Oklahoma pulled off the win over Notre Dame in September was the job its offensive line did in protecting Bell.
Since then, though, the Sooners have struggled in protection.
Oklahoma has given up seven sacks over the past two games after giving up just four all season before the TCU game.
“I had guys in my face, and I tried to make a play,” Bell said of the difference between Saturday's loss and the win at Notre Dame. “When you're throwing off your back foot because you have pressure in your face, the ball's gonna sail on you. I just have to step into it and take a shot.”
“I think in all competitive arenas, there is a very fine edge between what somebody's listening to and what their mindset is when you have to go compete. I'm not going to say we were (overconfident), but at the end of the day, they played a lot better what we did.”
Sooners coach Bob Stoops on whether or not his team was overconfident going into Saturday's game.
BY RYAN ABER