McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

State news

November 26, 2012

Shinn at 3 p.m.: It's a tale of two teams

NORMAN — Oklahoma is team that has two units heading in opposite directions.

It’s far from a secret that Oklahoma’s defense has moonwalked in the last three games. After giving up 490 yards in Saturday’s 51-48 overtime victory against Oklahoma State, the unit has allowed 1,692 yards and 80 first downs in the last three games.

“Anytime you play an excellent offensive football team, a team that can run it as well as they can throw it, those offenses can stretch a defense, and, certainly, we've been stretched the last few weeks like we haven't been really all year,” OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “Things came up these last couple of weeks. We've still got to continue to try to find some better answers for what we are asking our players to do structurally, or if we are asking them to do things that aren't possible.”

The defensive coordinators from Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State were thinking the same thing.

Here’s what OU’s done offensively in those three games: 1,738 yards and 102 first downs.

It’s be one of the best offensive three-game runs the Sooners have ever had.

“As much as anything, these guys have just been absolutely tremendous finishing the ballgame here the last couple of weeks — confident, poised, just keep playing the next play, able to execute under stressful, tough situations,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “I’m really proud of the guys, just the way they continue to play.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
State news
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
NDN Video
8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Toddler climbs into vending machine Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America Applicants Vying for 'World's Toughest Job' Get Heartwarming Surprise Awkward: Crist catches Lt. Gov. insulting him on camera NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse US Airways Tweets Graphic Photo of Nude Woman Behind the scenes of the Marathon anniversary photo shoot American Airlines Responds After Girl Tweets Alleged Terror Threat 'Joke' Charlie White's "Dancing" Mistake Olympic Great & Baltimore Native Michael Phelps Ends Retirement; Eyes Rio 2014 NFL Draft: Potential Booms And Busts William and Kate Squash Baby No. 2 Rumors With a Wine-Tasting Trip Who Showed Up at Coachella?
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.