Stoops Defends His Team

NORMAN, Okla. – On Monday night Bob Stoops was asked many questions about his team and how the Sooners managed to lose their second game of the '09 season by a single point. Stoops was not happy at all about the loss, but he was quick to come to the defense of his squad and coaching staff.

Sooner fans looking back at the game on Miami Gardens, Fla., just can not help but feel a little sick.

After all the Sooners game out of the gates with both guns blazing and jumped out to a 10-0 lead on the Hurricanes.

21 unanswered points by Miami later the fan's and even the media mentality turned from pleasant to sour.

In the minutes after the game Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was not at all happy with the way that his team had executed.

There were just too many penalties and missed assignments. Even the mostly consistent Dominique Franks was beaten badly in man coverage in a play that gave Miami the points that would service the win.

Still it seems that Stoops cannot believe the way that everyone is reacting to the loss, to a team that he believes was very talented.

"Miami had a very successful offense that night, right," Stoops asked unabated? "That's what everyone is talking about. Well we had the same yardage in every which way and we are one point short, right? So in the end it is funny how one's (team) horrible and the other one is awfully good."

"Yeah?"

"Okay."

In the contest OU gained 341 total yards and UM gained 342 yards.

OU Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wilson has been receiving much of the criticism for the loss. Many feel that the game planning was just too conservative.

"I don't see where people get that. We went right down the field on the first drive and scored and we were calling a bunch of those plays throughout the game. They don't look as good when they are defended well. I don't see it that way."

Stoops feels that it is far fetched to heap the loss on the shoulders of Wilson. After all he did win the Frank Broyles Award and was recognized as the coordinator of the year following the '08 season.

"It's ridiculous," Stoops responded when asked how to deal with that criticism. "I don't pay any attention to it. He has obviously been dealt a difficult hand to play. In the end he is the same guy he was a year ago."

Stoops and his team are ready to turn the page and concentrate on Big 12 play.

"We got a long season in front of us and this (Baylor) is the next one," Stoops stated. "So, we are aware that it is eight straight Big 12 games. And we still have that opportunity (to win a Big 12 Championship) and it is a good one."


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