“We knew he wasn’t going to play. I’m just not much for letting the other team know too far ahead of time and they can start figuring out what they want to do to combat it,” Stoops said. “He was declared unable to play on Thursday.”
Conversion rate: OU was incredibly effective on third down. The Sooners converted nine of the 13 they faced into first downs.
Baylor was 11 of 20 on third down. On four of those failures, it went for it on fourth down, converting twice.
“You hope you can come up with your third-down stops, fourth-down stops. Overall, we did that,” Stoops said.
No turnovers: OU failed to come up with a turnover for the second time in three games. The difference between the Notre Dame game and Saturday’s against Baylor was that OU won anyway.
That didn’t seem to provide much solace to defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.
“I was disappointed in no turnovers, no deflections. We dropped the ball,” he said. “You’ve got to get some turnovers against these guys, and that kept them in the game. We just couldn’t get a deflection, something. You’ve got to make a play at some point.”
Coming out hot: Landry Jones threw for 212 yards in the first half. It marked the 22nd time in his career he’s thrown for more than 200 yards in the first two quarters. The Sooners are now 21-1 when it happens.
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