Oklahoma football: Secondary did its job against Kansas State

The Sooners' defensive backs collected more tackles than line and linebackers — and that's not a good sign.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: September 23, 2012

The starting defensive backfield of Harris, Jefferson, Aaron Colvin, Demontre Hurst and Gabe Lynn combined for 40 tackles.

The starting defensive line of Jamarkus McFarland, Corey Nelson, David King, Tom Wort, Chuka Ndulue and Casey Walker compiled 23.

Something else went wrong, indeed.

But it shows the improvement of the secondary under Mike Stoops.

Are there still issues on defense? Yes. The Sooners still allowed 14 fourth-quarter points Saturday.

On Kansas State's first touchdown in the fourth quarter, the longest play of the drive was an 11-yard gain.

The Wildcats second touchdown drive of the second quarter did include a 21-yard pass to start the drive. But it was not the 50-yard plus gains of old.

Cheer on Mike Stoops? Groan about why his brother rehired him after he was fired at Arizona? Fans have given opinions from both sides. But after Saturday night's loss, the common opinion seemed to be this: Don't blame this one on the secondary. Blame it on the defensive front. Blame it on the linebackers. Heck, blame it on the quarterback.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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