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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

— Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson pursed his lips tight while slumped over the podium.

The Sooners had just lost at home to a ranked opponent for the first time in Bob Stoops' 14 years in Norman. Jefferson said he was pretty mad.

“We went over all this stuff during the week,” Jefferson said. “I guess we came out here and people were shaky. I don't know.

“We lost focus and can't go against a top-25 team like that regardless of whether you're home or away. It's just kind of disappointing when you feel like you definitely could have won the game.”

Landry Jones and the offensive problems were biggest factors in sixth-ranked Oklahoma's 24-19 loss to No. 15 Kansas State. But a Sooner defense that was good for three quarters wasn't good enough when it mattered most.

Kansas State gained 133 of its 362 yards in the fourth quarter. After scoring three offensive points through the first three quarters, the Wildcats mounted touchdown drives of 38 and 77 yards in the fourth, when there was just no stopping quarterback Collin Klein.

“Through three quarters we kind of fought our way through the game, against a very complete and very diverse offense,” Stoops said. “They kept us off balance all night ... That really disoriented us.”

There were busted reads. There were no forced turnovers and in the fourth quarter, the Sooners were 3-for-3 on third-down conversions. There was also no pressure on quarterback Collin Klein.

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