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September 25, 2012

Players insist they’ll rebound

NORMAN — Oklahoma linebacker Tom Wort answered all the questions about the loss to Kansas State, but his eyes were glued to the floor. His head was hanging like most players on Monday.

“We’re all disappointed about the loss,” he said. “I think everyone knows what they have to do to get better. Time will tell if we have the maturity to rally around this. I think we have the pieces in place.”

Rallying is something the 16th-ranked Sooners (2-1, 0-1 Big 12) have to do. They have problems that need to be fixed all over the place.

The play of quarterback Landry Jones is the most widely questioned after a fumble interception of his led directly to 10 points for Kansas State in the 24-19 loss.

Much like he did Saturday night, Jones absorbed all the blame on Monday.

“I feel like, especially for myself, (I’ve) definitely been underachieving this whole year; but it’s one of those things that we played a good team in Kansas State and we made mistakes that put us into a position that we couldn’t win,” he said.

But Jones wasn’t OU’s only problem. Backup quarterback Blake Bell fumbled away a potential touchdown as well. The defense played well for three quarters, but couldn’t get the Wildcats’ offense off the field in the fourth quarter.

The waiting to see if OU can get out of its funk could be the hardest part. The Sooners don’t play again until Oct. 6 at Texas Tech. That’s a lot of time to work to get better. It’s a lot of time to sit around and stew over a loss.

How the Sooners respond may well be the story of their the season.

Last year, OU wasn’t the same team after it suffered a surprising late October loss to Texas Tech. The Sooners went 3-3 from that point and looked like a fractured team by the end of the regular season.

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