Even in holding Kansas without a point against his first-team defense, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops wasn't pleased with the way the unit played after the Sooners' 52-7 win over the Jayhawks.
“I thought our tackling was kind of iffy most of the night,” he said. “We played well but I don't think we were overly sharp.”
Stoops said the Sooners got away with things that better offenses could take advantage of later in the season.
“I thought they got position on us by one of the tight ends and couldn't take advantage of it,” he said.
Stoops was plenty pleased, though, with his defense forcing three turnovers.
After OU had just one takeaway in its first three games, the Sooners have nine in their next three.
“It's critical and crucial to your defense,” Stoops said. “That tells you some of our players are becoming better playmakers over the course of the season.”
GAMEDAY HEADED TO NORMAN
ESPN's College GameDay will be in Norman next weekend for the Top 10 showdown between Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
GameDay visited the OU-Texas game last year in Dallas where Lee Corso picked the Sooners to win. Next Saturday's game will be the seventh time the GameDay crew has visited Norman.
Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Samantha Steele also visited Notre Dame on Oct. 13 when the Irish beat Stanford in overtime.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m.
JEFFERSON LOOKING FORWARD TO CHALLENGE
Sooners safety Tony Jefferson will have to go head-to-head with Notre Dame's offense next week, but that doesn't mean he isn't thinking about the matchup with the Fighting Irish's defense.
Through seven games, Notre Dame has yet to allow a rushing touchdown, keeping three opponents out of the end zone completely.
“They've got all the talk about who's got the best defense in the country,” Jefferson said. “You hear all about them and how they haven't given up a rushing touchdown. Next week, we get to see who's got the best defense. We look forward to the challenge.”
Jefferson had eight tackles in the first quarter and finished with 11 tackles overall to lead the Sooners.
FINCH, CLAY MAKE PLAYS
While Damien Williams has taken things over at running back and Dominique Whaley has a firm grasp on the No. 2 spot, Brennan Clay and Roy Finch came up with career-best plays.
Clay broke loose for a career-long 41-yard run in the second quarter for a career-long.
His previous high was 24, which came last week against Texas.
Finch returned the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards for a touchdown, the 15th kickoff return in school history.
Buster Rhymes (1980 vs. Kansas State) and Mark Bradley (2003 vs. Iowa State) also returned kicks 100 yards.
RETURNS LIMIT OFFENSE
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he would've liked to have given the first-team offense, especially players like Jalen Saunders that are working their way into the system, more plays but the game didn't allow it.
“I think you get thrown off when you lose possessions,” Stoops said. “You get a kick return for a touchdown, you lose a possession; you get a punt return for a touchdown, you lose a possession.
“I'm not complaining about it and I'll take it, but it takes away from the offense.”
Partially due to that, the Sooners had the ball for just 19:49, the second-lowest time of possession for OU in the Stoops era and the lowest in a win.
Oklahoma had the ball 19:19 in a loss at Notre Dame in 1999.
The Sooners have won eight consecutive games against Kansas. ... The 38-point halftime lead was the Sooners biggest since leading Idaho State by 41 on Sept. 9, 2009. ... The Sooners have scored on 32 of 33 trips inside the red zone this season, including all four times against Kansas. ... Jones passed Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour for 11th in NCAA history in touchdown passes with his first of the night. Jones now has 105 touchdown passes in his career. Jones also eclipsed the 14,000-yard mark. ... Javon Harris had two interceptions for the second time in his career. He also did it against Florida State last season. ... Kenny Stills moved into seventh place on the Sooners career receiving list, passing Antwone Savage. ... Nick Hodgson, a sophomore, made his first appearance as a Sooner handling the second and third kickoffs in the first quarter for OU.