Sunday, September 1, 2013

Mike Stoops: Defensive Performance "Gives us confidence"

Defensive back Trey Franks #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners tackles kicker Justin Manton #17 of the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks August 31, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. (August 30, 2013 - Source: Brett Deering/Getty Images North America)
The Sooners allowed no points, just 166 yards of total offense, only 38 on the ground, nine first downs and 2 of 16 third-down conversions.

It seemed like a pretty dramatic turnaround against a team without much of a name, but, all agree, a fine offense.

Bob Stoops didn’t bite.

“We haven’t done anything dramatic,” he said. “You guys were bragging on ’em and bragging on ’em and then you wanted to throw them under the bus (last season). It’s what have you done for me lately and lately it’s been pretty good.”

When brother Mike made it to the lectern, he tried to say the same thing.

“No,” he said, it wasn’t dramatic.

Then, God bless him, he couldn’t help himself. For the next 90 seconds or so, without calling it “dramatic,” he made it clear it had been without the word ever exiting his lips.

“I’m glad we got off to a good start. It gives us confidence. We’re going to be challenged by a much more diverse offense in West Virginia,” Mike Stoops said. “But I just liked the way we covered. I thought our pressure was excellent all day, and our ability to stop the run.

“I mean, that’s really a perfect day in a defensive coach’s mind if you can be successful on third down. I mean, there’s not much else. In every phase of the game that we wanted to improve, we certainly improved tonight.” (Norman Transcript)

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