Every Monday afternoon during the football season OU coach Bob Stoops has his weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated will give you the three most important things to take from the session.
Game 6: vs. Texas at the Cotton Bowl
Take No. 1: OU didn’t play smart against TCU
Stoops was quick to say after the game he felt his team was prepared to play in Fort Worth. He didn’t go against that line of thinking, but he said, for whatever reason, his team just didn’t play as smart as it had during the first four games.
“I didn’t feel we played really smart,” Stoops said. “There were some situations where we didn’t play like we’re capable of. We didn’t give ourselves the best chance to succeed.”
It was pretty apparent something was off against the Horned Frogs. A lot of missed assignments on both sides of the ball. A lot of miscommunication trying to get plays in. Definitely didn’t look like a cohesive unit.
That inconsistency was frustrating for Stoops because of how mature this team has been all season. Said he still believes in this team and its chemistry but made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes.
One of the only positives Stoops can see from it is he felt almost all of the mistakes are correctable and a lot of it stemmed from just being not fundamentally sound.
Take No. 2: Passing game has to improve
Quarterback Trevor Knight threw for more than 300 yards for the second time this season, but it wasn’t a pretty 300-yard game.
He was 14-of-35 with two interceptions, including the pick-six he threw at the start of the fourth quarter which ended up being the difference.
“Overall, as an offense, I’d like us to be more efficient throwing the football,” Stoops said. “The first half was positive and the second half wasn’t. Wasn’t nearly as consistent.”
Stoops said it boiled down to three things. There were times when Knight was getting pressured. Then there were times when Knight was off the mark and made errant throws. And other times when receivers simply weren’t open.
“At times he has to be a little more patient to wait for something to break open,” Stoops said. “At times it’s just the consistency with his throws.”
Stoops said he was pleased with all the plays Knight made outside of the pocket as he rushed for 61 yards on 13 attempts.
Take No. 3: Not overlooking Texas
Stoops said it doesn’t matter who you play after a loss because you’re going to be concerned about any team. But it might be a little easier to transition knowing Texas is on the schedule.
And it might be a little easier getting that focus back after the way the Longhorns dominated the Sooners last season.
“We went down there a year ago and got beat by 16 points,” Stoops said. “We’re still aware of that. We’ll see a team that is really motivated to play.”
But Stoops said he doesn’t believe Texas has changed its offense to simplify things for Swoopes nor does it need to do so.
“He’s a really big, athletic guy,” Stoops said. “He’s doing a good job, I believe. He’s running their offense like they always have.”