Still, pessimism about OU's defense was joined Saturday by optimism; the Sooners have new life in the Big 12 title race after Kansas State's loss at Baylor.
But even if it doesn't win the conference, Oklahoma remains in decent shape for a possible BCS at-large berth.
That can only happen if the Sooners win their final two regular-season games, starting with Bedlam next Saturday in Norman.
Defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State lost star signal caller Brandon Weeden, but today has three savvy quarterbacks.
Wes Lunt? J.W. Walsh? Clint Chelf? Take your pick; each is capable of excellence when leading the Cowboy offense, which ranks third nationally in both scoring and total offense.
And don't forget Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith; the running backs totaled 151 and 119 yards on the ground, respectively, and two touchdowns apiece in OSU's 44-10 Bedlam shellacking last year.
“It's two weeks in a row we've been exposed by high-powered offenses,” said OU senior defensive lineman David King. “It's all out there on tape now. OSU is going to come out here and try to expose us again for a third week.”
Stoops expressed disappointment in himself Saturday before quickly adding, “I'm no martyr; believe me.
“Just have to come up with better stuff. That starts with us a staff. ... Not a very well-coached game tonight.”