Mike Stoops said, “They got another guy, No. 1, Randle: They got another guy No. 1 that’s a pretty doggone good football player. I hope they take him off the field. I don’t know what I’m wishing for, I don’t think they’re gonna take him off the field. I just hope he doesn’t have a career day against us.”
The Sooners frequently used an alignment of seven defensive backs and no linebackers against West Virginia. And the Mountaineers burned OU.
“With Tavon Austin in the backfield, we needed to make an adjustment there definitely,” Bob Stoops said. “We made a few. At times had certain blitzes. We changed some things up. Obviously not well enough. You can’t just all of a sudden radically change everything you’re doing (off the game plan). It’s tough to do.”
Bob Stoops initially said OU’s defense was not good in any area. But Mike Stoops disputed that.
“We weren’t great anywhere,” Mike Stoops said. “We weren’t great in space. Weren’t great up front. The coverage was good. Geno (Smith) threw some great balls. That’s going to happen. It was very frustrating.”
That was my reaction. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith threw for 320 yards, and Stedman Bailey had a monster game receiving, with four touchdowns and over 200 yards. Smith mostly picked on OU’s best cornerback, Aaron Colvin, but Colvin was in solid coverage most the game. He got beat bad a couple of times but mostly was draped all over Bailey.
“We gotta do a lot of things different,” Mike Stoops said. “It’s very uncharacteristic to have three guys kind of almost single-handedly dominate you the whole night. We just gotta come up with a better plan. Certainly we were not good at any level of our defense. Not good at any level of your defense, you’re going to give up monster numbers, and we did that.”