Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mike Stoops Calls Defensive Performance Against Texas Tech 'Embarrassing'

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops walked into his postgame press conference and feigned a joke that was likely serious.

“I was hoping I wouldn’t have to come in here,” Stoops said.

He faced the tough task of explaining how his defense allowed 854 yards of total offense in Saturday’s 66-59 victory against Texas Tech.

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“We had no control,” Stoops said. “At no time did we feel good in any aspect of what we were doing. Pressures weren’t good enough. Coverage wasn’t good enough. Making them pull it down and run wasn’t good enough. There was nothing good.

“We won. Our offense did an incredible job to help us but it hurts when you don’t hold up your end of the deal in any game. We’ve got to look at a lot of things. It’s like I said. It’s unacceptable at so many levels, I can’t even begin to try to define it to you all.”

OU’s secondary has faced struggles all season, but this was a new level. So can it be fixed?

“I don’t know,” Stoops said. (Tulsa World)
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