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Sooners thought they 'were on top of the world'

Was Saturday's close call against Utah State an aberration?
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: September 7, 2010 at 9:38 am •  Published: September 6, 2010

Stoops said the Sooners must improve "across the board in all areas" before singling out the secondary, inconsistent offensive line play and quarterback Landry Jones.

"Landry started off really well early on," Stoops said. "For whatever reason, in the middle part of the game, he got a little rushed, a little hurried or he didn't trust his protection. He was forcing it a little bit. Landry is a bright guy. I'm sure he'll realize it and see it and make those corrections."

The most glaring red flag was Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel throwing for 341 yards. This Saturday, the Sooners face Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, a Heisman Trophy candidate with a cannon arm.

Defensive coaches stressed before Monday's practice: Utah State gained 340 yards on 12 plays but was held to 101 yards on the remaining 63 plays.

"It was a great learning experience," Lewis said. "Practice today, we were fired up. Everybody was locked in. There wasn't a lot of laughing and everything. We had the mentality we're going to get things done. We don't want games to slip by... We're not going to let it happen again."