Big 12 teleconference: Bob Stoops transcribed

NORMAN, Okla. — Head coach Bob Stoops fielded questions on the weekly Big 12 teleconference about his team's upcoming contest against Kansas State, and Sooners Illustrated has all the discussion.

Q-Bob, is there one or two things on the team that you feel like you need the most improvement on right now?

A-One pretty simple one: take care of the football. You know, when you give up a 14-point swing, it's nearly impossible to win other than then you have to be perfect. So, that's the one issue.

Q-Are there certain drills or certain things you'll do in practice these next couple weeks to take care of that?

A-Well, we do those all the time. But when you have a snap hits you right in the belly or if you're trying to scramble and you don't take [care of it], you know, put the ball away, [fumbles happen]. I'm not gonna go beat up Landry Jones or our quarterbacks, the two that fumbled it. I'm not gonna go beat them up, so there's only so much you can do.

Q-With the turnovers being a problem, another problem seems to be the lack of takeaways. What do you guys have to do to start forcing more turnovers with the other team?

A-Well, whether it's stripping the football or getting more pressure to the quarterback, trying to force him some bad plays.

Q-Coach, the Big 12 named K-State punter Ryan Doerr the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week today. Can you just talk about his impact on the game on Saturday?

A-I thought he hit a couple good punts that were fielded well by Justin Brown.

Q-Bob, you guys have only lost four home games your entire tenure there in Norman and then yet you've lost two recently, one last year and this year. Is there anything dramatically different you've noticed why? You guys used to dominate a lot of home games, and now you slipped up a time or two.

A-Yeah, we fumbled the fall into the end zone for a touchdown, and we dropped the ball going in on the 1-yard line going in for a touchdown. That'll get you to lose pretty often. We don't usually do that.

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