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Oklahoma notebook: Gabe Ikard said offense and defense must complement each other

The Sooners' lineman said: “We've just gotta get everybody playing at a high level all at the same time.”
by Jason Kersey Published: September 26, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma Sooners offensive linesman Gabe Ikard (64) greets fans as he walks off the field after the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas El Paso Miners (UTEP) at Sun Bowl Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in El Paso, Texas.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooners offensive linesman Gabe Ikard (64) greets fans as he walks off the field after the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas El Paso Miners (UTEP) at Sun Bowl Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma junior center Gabe Ikard, a team captain, said one of the biggest problems for the Sooners through three 2012 games is that the offense and defense haven't clicked at the same time very often.

“We're not complementing the defense,” Ikard said. “We haven't played well as a team, whether the offense is clicking or the defense is clicking.

“There hasn't been a half where we were both on the same page doing well.”

Midway through the third quarter of Saturday's 24-19 loss to Kansas State, the two units seemed on the same page, although briefly.

The Sooners went on an 11-play, 88-yard drive to score a go-ahead touchdown, which put OU up 13-10 with about five minutes remaining in the third.

OU's defense stopped K-State's ensuing drive before quarterback Landry Jones' interception allowed the Wildcats to take back possession and score a touchdown for a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

“We've just gotta get everybody playing at a high level all at the same time,” Ikard said. “We're having long sessions in practice, working on fundamentals.”

SOONERS HOPE TO AVOID 2011 REPEAT

After last year's home loss to Texas Tech, which snapped a long-standing home winning streak, defensive end David King said the Sooners were stunned and failed to respond properly to the adversity.

OU finished with a 10-3 record; in the process, it lost to Baylor for the first time in school history and to rival Oklahoma State for the first time since 2002.

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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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