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OU football notebook: Bob Stoops defends offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: October 6, 2009 at 12:25 pm •  Published: October 6, 2009

photo - Sooners set for 'Canes: OU offensive coordinator  Kevin  Wilson talks about preparing for Miami.
Sooners set for 'Canes: OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson talks about preparing for Miami.
Head coach Bob Stoops came to the aid of offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who has been criticized by fans and media for being too conservative in his play-calling during Oklahoma’s 21-20 loss at Miami.

"Those people, I’m sure they’re good play-callers after the fact; they can call plays when they get their team,” Stoops told reporters after Monday’s practice. "Our game plan was what it had been all along; I don’t see where people get that. We went right down the field and scored on the first drive of the game. We were calling those same plays throughout the game.

"They don’t look as good when they’re defended as well or you get a holding call out on the perimeter. I don’t see it that way. I thought we called the game the same really throughout.”

Stoops was asked why after a long punt return in the fourth quarter the Sooners ran on six straight running plays before throwing a short swing pass on third-and-long to DeMarco Murray on OU’s final drive, which ended with a field goal instead of a much-needed touchdown.

"Towards the end, we had been running the ball well,” Stoops said. "We do throw the bubble screen and end up slipping and losing 2 yards. But getting the ball to DeMarco on the perimeter, I don’t call that conservative.”

For those who wanted more passing, Stoops brought up the second play of the second half, when a cornerback blitz forced Landry Jones to fumble, a turnover that one play later led to a Miami touchdown.

"The other night, you drop back to throw the ball. ... we don’t pick up the blitz and the quarterback gets killed and they have the ball,” Stoops said. "That’s what passing the ball did for us on the (second) play of the second half.”

Stoops also scoffed at the notion that Wilson’s play-calling ended up costing OU the game.


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