More carries needed: OU only ran the ball 27 times against Kansas State. Stoops said running backs Dominique Whaley, who had nine carries for 51 yards, and Damien Williams, who had 10 carries for 38 yards and two catches for 19, need to get the ball more.
“There isn’t an exact number. But you do want guys like Damien and Dom to hopefully get between catching the ball and screens and-or running it, to have their hands on the ball 15 or 20 times, at least,” Stoops said.
The Sooners ran 70 plays against the Wildcats, 10 less than it averaged last season.
Fourth-quarter defense: Statistically OU’s defense was good for three quarters. It kept Kansas State’s offense out of the end zone until the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t play good enough in the fourth quarter. That’s what I know,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “That’s what’s disappointing to me. We had a chance to win it on defense and we didn’t. We had enough points. We went up 13-10 and let them score two touchdowns. We had our chances to get off the field both times.”
Kansas state scored two touchdowns and ran out the clock on its last three fourth-quarter drives.
“You know, it’s amazing, no one looks at the first three quarters and what you do well. Everyone wants to look at what you do bad in the fourth quarter,” Mike Stoops said. “I know it’s a 60-minute game but we’re not going to disregard what we did well. The media and fans can, that’s OK, that’s what they do. Our players know what we’re doing; what we did good, what we didn’t do well and what we need to get better at.”
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