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Oklahoma football notebook: Kansas State focused on Sooners', Landry Jones' weaknesses

Kansas State defensive end Adam Davis told ESPN that the Wildcats tried to attack Landry Jones' blind side.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 23, 2012

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, 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.”