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November 11, 2013

Sooners offer no promises of any change coming against Cyclones

NORMAN — On Monday, there weren’t too many in-depth answers as to why Oklahoma’s offense struggled so much in last Thursday’s 41-12 loss to Baylor.

That wasn’t a surprise. The Sooners, who are averaging just 28.9 points per outing, haven’t spoken in specifics about their offensive problems much beyond saying they need to be better in all aspects.

“That’s what you’re constantly trying to evaluate. There are some plays in there that have been good all year. All of a sudden they’re not good. They out-played us on a play we’ve executed almost every game. Here we run it and we get nothing on a certain run play. Is that coaching? I don’t know,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Maybe we didn’t coach it hard enough this week when we’ve coached it for eight weeks. All of a sudden, it isn’t any good. Well, sometimes you get beat.”

As he continued, Stoops offered a facsimile of dialogue between coaches.

“Here are the certain issues we could have done better and here are certain issues we can’t do anything about,” he said, “when our kids are in good position to make a play and you don’t make it.”

But what seems to have emerged nine weeks into the season is the Sooner offense has become predictable. OU center Gabe Ikard didn’t use it as an excuse. He believes the Sooners should have offensive success no matter what the situation.

Still, it seemed Baylor knew what was coming before the ball was snapped.

“They were slanting their front to the strength and doing a lot of things going off our tendencies,” Ikard said. “When it comes down to it, we’ve got to be able to block it anyway. Other teams are gonna do it the rest of the year. We need to prepare for it and be able to adjust on Saturdays and make it work.”

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