All the talk for the Oklahoma defense has been about the secondary and how the Sooners have picked off seven passes in the last two weeks.
Better coverage, though, goes hand-in-hand with better play among the defensive line and the pass rush. Last week was another example of that.
Of OU’s four interceptions, three of them were deflected either be a lineman or an edge rusher. And despite Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes being an elusive threat, the Sooners were able to earn four sacks last week.
“It’s been consistent all year,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “We did a good job getting four sacks the other night. That guy (Mahomes) doesn’t take sacks. If you looked at his sacks, they don’t take sacks.
“We covered and we forced them into trying to make some plays, and that’s when you get sacks and that’s when you get turnovers when the game starts to separate from your offense.”
OU had 32 sacks last season but already has 25 through the first seven games, averaging more than 3.5 per contest compared to less than three last year.
Leading the way is Eric Striker with a team-best six, but another name to watch remains defensive lineman Charles Walker.
He doesn’t get as many opportunities, but he sure is taking advantage of the ones he’s getting with four sacks this season.