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Oklahoma football: Sooner defense's next test is toughest

Oklahoma State's offense will challenge the OU defense in Saturday's Bedlam game. The Cowboys ran wild against the Sooners last year.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 20, 2012

“The defense has to improve tremendously. Tackling has to be better.”

After the Baylor game, coach Bob Stoops said he expected the Bears to have success on the ground because of his team's commitment to stopping the pass, demonstrated in a frequently used scheme that included seven defensive backs and no linebackers.

Despite the struggles against Baylor, though, OU tried the same stuff — with even worse results — against West Virginia.

Tavon Austin, usually a receiver, became a running back and embarrassed the Sooner defense with his 344 yards and two touchdowns.

The odd defensive package isn't likely to make a third appearance against Oklahoma State.

“It's about making adjustments,” said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “West Virginia made a great adjustment to get their best player in space. I feel bad for our players that we didn't have a better answer than we did the other night.

“There's a lot of similarities to what we saw a week ago in what we're gonna see this week. They're almost identical in their approach. Their game plans are structured very similar. There's a lot of carry-over, but we're going to have to do some things a little different.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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