Oklahoma’s secondary started this season with number, put on the board by new defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks during an offseason meeting. The Sooners had one of the worst pass defenses in the country.
That quickly was pushed to the side, when Oklahoma emerged as a top pass defense by blowing through the weaker part of the schedule – with matchups against Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State.
Then came validation. Oklahoma held Baylor almost 200 yards below its season average. The Sooners now have another number: One. Oklahoma has the No. 1 pass, rush, scoring and total defense in the Big 12 Conference.
Oklahoma has proven itself. But now, it can’t be satisfied.
“We find that chip amongst ourselves,” Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas said. “We’ve played good up to this point, and at the same time, we just have to take it for what it’s worth and not get ahead of ourselves.
“As a defense, we want to be No. 1 in the nation in everything. That’s not gonna come from just one game. We just have to be consistent if you will.”
Right now, Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1 Big 12 Conference) ranks in the top 25 nationally in pass defense (24th), scoring defense (25th) and total defense (21st). Oklahoma ranks 45th in the nation in run defense.
Oklahoma isn’t satisfied where it is, even if it’s so much better than where they were last year.
“The same as it's been all year,” Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez said. “We had one slip up earlier in the year but we got back right where we needed to be and I think we're continuing to get better every week.”