Too many holes: OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was most disappointed with the run defense Saturday. The Longhorns rushed for 255 yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry.
Stoops didn’t know where the problem was the scheme or the execution of it following the game.
“It’s hard to say. We’ve got to evaluate kind of what we did,” he said. “Again, I just thought they owned the line of scrimmage. They were more physical than we were at the point of attack and anytime that happens, they’re going to have success running the football and really that led to our demise pretty much the whole day. Didn’t feel like we ever had control of the run game.”
Doesn’t matter: Defensive end Chuka Ndulue finished with 15 tackles, matching the highest tackle total by an OU defensive lineman in 23 years.
Didn’t mean much to Ndulue, who made his first start of the season Saturday, after the game.
“It’s a team game, that is how I feel,” he said. “This isn’t golf or whatever, this is football. If the team doesn’t do well, it doesn’t matter how many tackles or whatever. So no it doesn’t ease the pain.”
Fourth time was not the charm: Center Gabe Ikard, cornerback Aaron Colvin and fullback Trey Millard all started their fourth and final game in the Red River Rivalry. They ended their careers with a 3-1 mark in the series.
“Overall, every player on this team is disappointed. It’s obviously not the way you want to play in such a big game,” Ikard said. “Our whole thing this week was to give them our best shot and there’s no way we did that today. We made way too many mistakes, gave them points. It was very uncharacteristic for us.”
Follow me @john_shinn