OU's Bob Stoops downplays revenge factor vs. Missouri

University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday he doesn't think revenge will play into the Sooners home game against Missouri on Saturday. He just says they need to play better to keep from getting “embarrassed” vs. Missouri like they did in 2010.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: September 20, 2011
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Stoops called Lewis one of the defensive players of the game of the 23-13 victory in Tallahassee, along with linebacker Tom Wort, defensive end Frank Alexander and safety Javon Harris.

Harris had two key interceptions. He was named Monday the Big 12's defensive player of the week. Tuesday, he was named the Bronko Nagurski Award's national defensive player of the week.

The other highlights from Stoops' news conference:

* No doghouse for Finch: The coach insisted running back Roy Finch is not in any sort of doghouse and that he would play in the coming weeks. Finch, the team's second-leading rusher last season, did not get a catch or carry last week against FSU.

Stoops said Brennan Clay and Dominique Whaley have passed Finch. He said Finch has not regressed.

“We feel these guys are doing it better right,” Stoops said.

* Stevens escapes tirade free: Stoops said he didn't say anything to kicker Jimmy Stevens after his late 31-yard field goal just sneaked over the cross bar. “I didn't want to change the outcome,” he said.

Stoops compared the kick to one of his drives on the golf course: Low, but down the middle.

* Missed blocks, assignments led to FGs: Stoops was not overly concerned with his goal-line offense, even though the Sooners twice had to settle for field goals despite being inside the FSU 5-yard line.

He said being able to run, generally, gives him comfort about the offense near the end zone.

“It needs to get better,” he said. “We missed some blocks. We missed some assignments a couple of times. We fouled it up. It needs to get better. But do I think it's better than a year ago? Yeah, by a long shot. Are we there yet? It's the second game. No way. I think it'll get better.”