NORMAN — 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.
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.”