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Oklahoma football: Sooners defense bounces back with 'OK' performance vs. Iowa State

Oklahoma's defense bounced back and played “OK, but not great” in the Sooners' 35-20 victory against Iowa State, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, Published: November 3, 2012

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.”