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October 21, 2013

Sooners know they have to find a way to stop rushing attacks

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NORMAN —

OU’s struggles over the last two weeks effectively advertise that stopping the run is the defense’s Achilles’ heel.

The last two teams OU has faced have combined for 440 rushing yards.

“They are going to keep coming and keep doing it until we stop every team. Every team is going to do it. We have to stop it. I’m sure they will (run). It’s what teams have been successful with so far,” OU linebacker Eric Striker said. “We have to play and we have to get tough and we have to know what we have to do.”

It’s not a good feeling to have. The Sooners have a chance to seize control of the Big 12 Conference race the next two weeks. But it’s defense has to play a lot better from the opening snap. Teams that need to settle in tend to settle into the middle of pack instead of leading it.

Until something changes OU’s defensive coordinator is going to have an uneasy hunch.

“Obviously, we’re not repping it enough or we’re not communicating it enough or we’re not recognizing things quick enough. That leads to them being able to run the ball on us. That’s a very uncomfortable feeling,” Mike Stoops said. “We have young guys in there, but they’re things we prepare them for throughout the course of the week. We just have recognize things better.”

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