MORGANTOWN, W.V. —
The personnel is different, but the Cowboys and Mountaineers run virtually identical offenses. Receivers spread from sideline to sideline with a quarterback who can find them, a running back that can find creases and a really good offense.
What will OU do to match up with this in Bedlam? It was evident the plan against West Virginia wasn’t good enough.
The only wrinkle the Mountaineers threw at the Sooners was using Austin at running back instead of wide receiver. That one wrinkle hit the Sooners like a tsunami. They continually put seven defensive backs on the field, and Austin was deep into the secondary before any one laid a hand on him.
“Obviously, we weren’t ready for it,” OU head coach Bob Stoops said. “It did really mess us up in what we were doing and how we needed to play. It’s something we’ll have to dissect (Sunday) and see what our answers could be to make improvement.”
They better be good because OU is jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. The Mountaineers have the ninth best offense in college football. The Cowboys have the third.
“Something has to change. We have to come in on Monday with a new attitude,” OU defensive end David King said. “We’re happy that we won. I won’t take that away. But defensive-wise, it’s embarrassing. It’s poor. It’s not how we want to be remembered, especially with next week being the last game for a bunch of seniors.
“We have to come Monday with a whole new attitude about everything. You take the coaching, and you know they’re going to get us pretty harsh. It was embarrassing. I thank the offense for saving our butts today.”
If OU doesn’t get some serious issues corrected by Saturday, the embarrassment will continue. The winning, however, won’t.
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