AMES — Getting over the loss to Notre Dame wasn't easy.
At least not for Oklahoma's defense.
At least not according to Mike Stoops.
“You invest a great deal,” Stoops said. “I know it's hard for y'all to understand what goes into a preparation. You're not supposed to. But into a game each week, there's a huge investment and certainly we were disappointed in the outcome the week before.”
Oklahoma's defense bounced back and played “OK, but not great” in the Sooners' 35-20 victory against Iowa State.
“Not great” comes from the Sooners defense giving up two touchdowns, creating only one turnover and getting three major (and five total) penalties called on them.
“It was a tough week bouncing back off of a tough game last week,” Stoops said. “They got a couple drives in the second half but overall I thought the key for us in the game was not giving up touchdowns early on those two turnovers.”
But Oklahoma's defense did give a quarterback, who was 20-for-40 for 191 yards, and running backs, who rushed for 99 yards total, space to drive the team down the field to score.
Oklahoma's defense allowed 20 points to the Cyclones, the most ISU has ever scored against a Bob Stoops-coached Sooners squad.
And then there were the penalties.
One defensive back called it jitters. One defensive lineman called it playing hard. The way Jamarkus McFarland looks at it, those penalties could have easily been turnovers.
“You can't go out there and predict what turnovers you're going to get or what penalties you're going to get,” McFarland said. “You're playing the game and different receivers and a different team so it's just really going out there and playing our style. From there, it's however the ref sees it.
“It's just playing football.”
Safety Tony Jefferson did force the one turnover late in the fourth quarter. It was the first interception for the Sooners defense in seven quarters — since Javon Harris picked off Kansas' Micha Cummings in the fourth quarter two weeks ago.
But the penalties frustrated him.
“They kept their drives going,” Jefferson said. “We've got to watch what our penalties are for.”