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November 17, 2013

Despite big win over Iowa State, Sooners slide in AP poll

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NORMAN —

Halftime adjustments: OU’s offense kicked into gear, but so did its defense. The Cyclones’ six second-half drives ended with five punts and an interception.

“You know our coaches do a great job of making adjustments,” defensive Geneo Grissom said. “I just feel like we went out there and executed them that we were supposed to.”

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said he didn’t make a lot of changes at halftime.

“I just thought we executed better. We saw the plays, and we reacted better. They didn’t do anything really we hadn’t prepared for, but we just weren’t very sharp. I didn’t think we tackled very well. We just didn’t play with a lot of force. The whole first half was really uncomfortable,” he said. “I thought as the game went on, we got more engaged in the game and our whole positioning on the football improved. Our pressure improved on the quarterback.”

Running wild: OU rushed for 405 yards and averaged 9.2 yards per carry in Saturday’s win. Senior running backs Brennan Clay and Damien Williams, who were playing in the final home game, both averaged over 12.0 yards per carry.

“That’s what we came in today to do, to run the ball. The run game was working a little bit better,” Williams said. “It was just all about practice and what we did to get ready for this moment.”

John Shinn

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