AMES, Iowa —
Johnson suffered an ankle injury last Saturday against Notre Dame. Stoops was confident as late as Thursday that he would be able to play.
“I did (think Johnson would play),” Stoops said. “Just warming up, you could tell it wasn’t where it needed to be. He did some things in practice; that’s why he was suited out and tried. You could just tell in warmups he wasn’t going to be effective.”
Tyrus Thompson made the start at left tackle and played the entire game.
Another win after a loss: The Sooners have now won 20 straight games that followed losses, dating back to the 2004 season.
They haven’t lost consecutive games since losing the 2003 Big 12 championship game to Kansas State and BCS national championship to LSU.
“There’s a process to winning, and we don’t change it. Whether you win a big game or you lose one, you continue to do the same things through the week to give yourself a chance to win,” Stoops said. “I do believe some teams are more mature and get it, meaning we still have an opportunity to compete this week and what are we gonna do with it? There aren’t that many of them. So, you take advantage of it and try to keep improving throughout the season the best you can.”
Comfortable in the pocket: Landry Jones threw for 404 yards. The biggest reason was Iowa State applied very little pressure. Jones was never sacked and the Cyclones were only credited with two pressures.
“We’ve had a lot of good games this year. But I think the offensive line did a great job. You can’t praise them enough for how well they played today,” Jones said.
O’Hara returns: Kicker Patrick O’Hara handled the kickoff duties for the first time since the Texas Tech game. He handled three of OU’s six kickoffs. None reached the end zone, and one went out of bounds, giving the Cyclones the ball at the 40-yard line.
He made a potential touchdown-saving tackle on Iowa State’s Jarvis West on his kickoff following the Sooners’ first touchdown.
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