“About how I thought after the game,” he said . “Give Texas credit. They made the big plays in the game that usually make the difference in the rivalry. They made the interception return for the touchdown, the punt return for the touchdown. Those are always difficult to overcome. They made those big plays and we didn’t.”
Bad omen: Kansas coach Charlie Weis was quick to note Stoops’ record following the Texas game on Monday. The Sooners are 14-0 since 1999 in the game following the Red River Rivalry.
“The numbers are almost astounding,” he said.
Stoops the disappointment from the Texas loss has to fade quickly. No matter what the outcome was in Dallas, there’s half the season to go.
“Our season … win or lose this game isn’t the end all,” he said. “We go back to doing our work like we always do. We have six more conference games to go.”
One interesting aspect of that 14-0 record is that six of those victories have come against the Jayhawks.
Added pressure: With OU’s offense in a two-game funk, it would love to be able to rely on its defense to win tight, low-scoring games. It’s already done it twice this year in a 16-7 win over West Virginia and 20-17 over TCU.
“We embrace that. That’s what the defense’s job is to do, keep the opposing offense off the scoreboard so our offense can put points on the scoreboard. We embrace it 100 percent,” defensive end Geneo Grissom said. “I don’t think it puts anymore pressure on us than there already was. We know we have to go out there and play football.”
OU-Texas Tech will kickoff at 2:30 p.m.: The Big 12 Conference announced Monday the Oklahoma-Texas Tech game on Oct. 26 is slated to kick off at 2:30 p.m. at Owen Field. The contest will be broadcast by FOX.
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