Mike Stoops: Slower Pace Helped OU's Defense

As Big 12 Conference games go, Oklahoma’s 34-24 victory over Iowa State was played at a leisurely pace. OU ran 76 plays. The Cyclones only snapped the ball 56 times.

That was the least amount of plays in any of the Sooners’ Big 12 Conference games.

The dawdling pace was a godsend to OU’s defense. It only faced four Iowa State drives in the second half.

“That’s always important,” said OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, who is no fan of up-tempo offense. “I thought our team — they didn’t push the tempo tonight. It didn’t look like it to me from my observations of the game. They looked like they are more controlled than they’ve been. That always helps. Where we’re at right now personnel-wise, we can’t play a bunch of snaps with where we are health-wise. I thought that was a big part of the game. We got some three-and-outs, and they went on a seven-minute drive to start the third quarter. We went three and out and they took it down quite a ways.” (Norman Transcript)

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