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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops says Sooners need more discipline

Penalties were a major problem against West Virginia as Oklahoma racked up 134 yards

Oklahoma watched West Virginia march down the field as time wound down in the first quarter. The Mountaineers went from their own 14-yard line into the end zone - but gained only 42 yards on the drive.

The other 44 yards came on the Sooners' penalties. Even in the 20-point victory, Oklahoma finished Saturday with the second-most penalty yardage in the 17-year era under Bob Stoops.

It's something the players have to try and fix, Stoops said.

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“They have to have enough discipline and self-control,” he said. “I’m not playing. I’m not the one out there making those penalties. They know what’s right and wrong, and if they choose to do it wrong, that’s on them. It’s bad football.”

Of the Mountaineers 27 first downs, eight were gained by penalty. Oklahoma had just 16 first downs all game.

Oklahoma sits third in the nation with 94 penalty yards per game and is sixth nationally in penalties per game.

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“That’s what I’m upset about,” Stoops said. “Again, just hand placement. A lot of foolish decisions. It’s bad football.”

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