The key to winning football games isn't all that complicated. Convert third downs and play disciplined, and you'll put yourself in a winning situation.
Cannot put a check mark by either one of those for OU as the Sooners picked the wrong time for their worst game of season in a 41-12 drubbing at the hands of sixth-ranked Baylor.
OU was 5-of-20 on either third down or fourth down, scored 10 points out of three red zone chances and had 13 penalties for 97 yards.
"Too many penalties," Stoops said. "Two of those led to scores."
None more costly than an offside call against sophomore Eric Striker late in the second quarter with the Sooners only down 10-5. OU had forced a three-and-out at Baylor's 8 yard line, but Striker lined up in the neutral zone.
The offense wasn't able to convert its chances, either. OU faced a fourth-and-goal at the 1 early in the second quarter. Blake Bell was tackled for a 1-yard loss on the play.
"Got to make the most of the red zone chances," OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. "Scores in those possessions change the game."
Baylor finished 7 of 18 on third and fourth down, while the Bears accumulated 27 points going a perfect 5 of 5 in the red zone (three touchdowns, two field goals).
Tempers flared before the game as there were a couple of skirmishes near midfield. And then tempers boiled over as OU sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper was ejected for throwing a punch during the second half.
OU came out on fire but left battered and bruised, both figuratively and literally. The Sooners suffered a plethora of injuries in this one that might sting a lot longer than just a forgettable Thursday in Waco.
Sophomore wide receiver Sterling Shepard, senior cornerback Aaron Colvin, freshman running back Keith Ford, freshman linebacker Jordan Evans and junior nickelback Julian Wilson all suffered varying degrees of injuries. Stoops couldn't elaborate much on their situation.