While both the offense and defense need a lot of work, the defense had some mistakes that could have helped turn the game around. The first thing OU must fix is their tackling. The defense missed four opportunities to stop Marcus Johnson on his way to the first touchdown.
OU also needs to improve on recovering the ball and forcing turnovers as well as avoiding penalties that ended up in overturned plays.
Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops spoke on Monday about the defensive struggles the Sooners faced against Texas this past weekend. Stoops said it was a disappointing game for the team and for the coaches, because he believes the Sooners are better than that. It was an unfortunate way to play the game, but there is not much the team is able to do about it now, Stoops said.
The defensive coordinator said it will have to be a tool for the Sooners to use as motivation to prepare for the next games. The coach said there is no excuse for last weekend.
The Sooners travel to Manhattan Friday to match up with the Wildcats on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. The Wildcats stole the win at home last year, leaving Norman 31-30.