But even with the improvement, the Sooners still have some work to do in defending the run.
“We're not fitting and positioning the run game the way it needs to be positioned,” Stoops said. “When you don't position right, they're gonna get yards. It's what's not good with us right now. They're creating these unbalanced formations and there's some movement that has to take place within your defense to get guys in position and we're not in position.”
SHEPARD JUKES HIS WAY TO TD
Sophomore wide receiver Sterling Shepard scored a flashy 49-yard touchdown earlier in the game, but his 10-yard touchdown catch from Blake Bell early in the third quarter was just as impressive.
After catching the ball near the sideline, Shepard moved outside, then inside, then back outside again before getting the block he needed to spring free for the score.
“I did (take a lot of time) but I remember he was going to block it inside so that's what I did — just tried to get back out,” Shepard said. “I like when we spit those little quick-game passes and get everything going.”
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY