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Oklahoma football: After three strong quarters, Sooner defense faltered when it most mattered

KANSAS STATE 24, OKLAHOMA 19 — Talk that the OU defense was to blame angered Bob Stoops, but his brother accepted the blame.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: September 22, 2012

/articleid/3712434/1/pictures/1839455">Photo - Mike Stoops talks with Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson (1) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at the Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Mike Stoops talks with Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson (1) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at the Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops blamed himself.

“That's a tough remedy against Kansas State,” Mike Stoops said. “We just got out-executed in the fourth quarter and that was really the game.

But despite the breakdown of the fourth quarter, coach Bob Stoops said didn't like it being called a “collapse of the defense.”

“You could give it whatever adjective you want,” Stoops said. “That sounds pretty good for splash newspapers, but you know we're playing a pretty good team that runs the football and moved it on everybody.

“Is it a whole collapse? If it sounds good go ahead and write it or you could say they just gave up a touchdown.”

Or two, counting the short-field drive after Jones' interception.

But Jefferson said he sees no reason to panic after the Sooners' first defeat this season and only their fourth home loss of Stoops' tenure.

“It's a quick fix for the mistakes that happened,” Jefferson said. “I hope they're not panicked. Third game down. We've got a long season. It's motivation. ... We can't get down already.”


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