Take 3: OU focused on moving on

There was no talk of what might have been with OU coach Bob Stoops. Only focused on finishing strong.

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.

Bye Week No. 2

Take No. 1: No second-guessing, no lamenting

Stoops has never been one to lament about a loss or play the hindsight game and that trend continued Monday regarding what happened in OU’s loss to Kansas State.

Asked about the third-and-one at the goal line call with Samaje Perine running, Stoops said he doesn’t regret that call.

“That play with Samaje has worked pretty well overall,” Stoops said.

The play was made a lot more difficult since both Aaron Ripkowski and Blake Bell were in the game at the time. Usually the two guys that guard the edge and protect, OU had to have different personnel out there.

OU, of course, was here in this position last season with two losses before ending the season in fine fashion. No secret to it.

“Have to play next week,” Stoops said. “Have to get ready to play next week. Hopefully not make a mistake or two that costs us.”

Take No. 2: Quick, Thomas make strides

Saturday didn’t turn out how OU wanted it to on the scoreboard, but the Sooners saw some good signs from a lot of different players. Quarterback Cody Thomas and wide receiver Michiah Quick definitely come to mind.

“Cody came in poised and handled everything really well,” Stoops said. “Operated at the line of scrimmage in a positive way.”

Thomas made a huge play by taking a bad snap and having the awareness to find the hole for the first down.

Quick had his first start of his career and his first two catches. From the sound of it, he should get more time.

“Michiah looked ready for the moment,” Stoops said. “Played hard and played fast. He’s a talented guy who will hopefully keep making improvements.”

Take No. 3: Stoops not sure what Ripkowski did wrong

The offense changed a lot vs. Kansas State following the departure of Ripkowski. OU’s bruising fullback was ejected in the first quarter because of a targeting call.

Couple of days later and Stoops doesn’t know what Ripkowski could have done and hasn’t heard from the Big 12 office regarding an explanation.

“It’s not like he’s peeling back,” Stoops said. “This is a guy who operates in the box where you’re allowed to cut and do all kinds of things. It looked to me like he was targeting the shoulder, and the guy ducks his head.”

That frustration was compounded by Trevor Knight getting hurt on the same play when it appeared Knight might have been hit late but KSU was not penalized.

“Always talk about protecting the quarterback over and over but didn’t seem to happen there,” Stoops said.


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