What happened on Saturday to then-No. 6 Oklahoma? The Sooners and quarterback Landry Jones didn't have the performance they wanted, but how did Kansas State come away with holding a top-10 team to just 13 points?
They exploited the weaknesses they could find. Kansas State's defensive end Adam Davis explained.
“I noticed it in the first half,” Davis said to ESPN of Jones seeming uncomfortable. “When we'd get upfield, he'd start jabbing his feet real quick and moving. That let us know that he don't like nobody in his blind side, and we tried to attack it all night.”
That attack caused the offense to be sporadic in tempo and play, and it caused OU's most prolific passer to have a one-touchdown night.
“What we did all week was worked on trying to flush him out of the pocket, because we know he ain't good with pressure,” Davis said. “If we get to his blind side, he's going to get jittery and try to move out the pocket and scoot up and stuff. We tried to get our D-tackles to cause pressure on the edge and try to get him.”
OKLAHOMA OFFENSE STICKS BEHIND LANDRY JONES
Even though Jones said that Saturday night's loss was “probably on” him and that he played “terrible,” the offense and coach Bob Stoops didn't really criticize the fourth-year starter's performance.
Stoops did say that Jones' play was “not very well overall.” But he continued to say what he's been saying since Big 12 Media Days, that it's not just Jones, it's the players around him and their inconsistencies.
Center Gabe Ikard said he has “full faith, trust and confidence” in Oklahoma's starting signal caller. Receiver Sterling Shepard called Jones a “great player.” Shepard and Jones did connect for seven catches for 108 yards and on Shepard's first touchdown, making the third game of the freshman's Oklahoma career his best game statistically. But the statistical night the wide receiver had wasn't the kind of night the quarterback had.
“Sometimes nights aren't the way you expect them to be,” Shepard said, “but he is going to come back and he is going to come back strong.”
MIKE STOOPS: ‘IT'S A LONG SEASON'
Mike Stoops, in his first year back as Oklahoma's defensive coordinator, said the problems his unit faced in the fourth quarter aren't “anything we can't fix.”
“I thought our kids competed and played hard, and that's the bottom line to me,” Mike Stoops said. “We weren't good enough tonight, but we don't want to go beyond that. We've got to fight our way through it.”