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.
“When Tech came in here and snapped that winning streak we had, guys were like, Did that really happen?” King said. “The reality is anybody can beat anybody.
“How are you gonna bounce back? How are you gonna respond to this adversity? Guys have to keep the fighter's mentality.”
Oklahoma is 2-1 after last week's loss to Kansas State, and is now on a second bye in three weeks. The Sooners return to action Oct. 6 at Texas Tech, where OU hasn't won since 2003.
MEN'S BASKETBALL PICKS UP COMMITMENT
Keshaun Hamilton verbally committed to Oklahoma for the 2013-2014 season.
The junior college power forward is currently in his first year as part of the Labette Community College basketball team in Parsons, Kan. Last year, he played at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. where he averaged 7 points and 7 rebounds in 14 games before his season was cut short with a knee injury. He had surgery last January.
Hamilton also played his high school ball in Florida at Palatka High School, about 40 miles east of Gainesville.
Hamilton joins juco commit Dominique Elliot for the Sooners' 2013-2014 roster. Elliot committed on Sept. 13.
The commitment by Hamilton marks second-year coach Lon Kruger's third commitment for that season, the first being four-star point guard Jordan Woodard from Edmond Memorial.