Iowa State 38 – Oklahoma 31 | Notes & Quotes

“Very, very disappointing. I thought we were really ready to play. I thought the bye week was really good and our energy early in the game was good again. Similar to Baylor, we started out fast offensively and we had a couple of stops. That’s momentum. Two games in a row we get to that point where we can separate a little bit and we obviously did not do that. Offensively, we had some critical mistakes and we had a lot of time right before during the first half, the chance to get down there and get some points and we did nothing and they’re able to flip it, turn that into a field goal.

Obviously, the biggest sequence in the game was the fumble down there going in and they’re able to take it and go 90-something yards to score, and obviously not scoring there at the end. Did some good things offensively, but did not play well enough. Defensively, the biggest thing that showed up to me is that we had two critical, critical penalties that were drive- and game-changing type penalties. Obo had a personal foul, and Kenneth Murray on that last one. You’re getting ready to be, I believe, third and long, on both situations and just giving them a free pass there was just bad football. And then we did not tackle well the entire day. Missed tackles, guys not in position. I’m just very disappointed with our effort tackling. When you let teams hang in there like that and the teams make some plays and get a little momentum, then you can get beat and we did. I give Iowa State credit. The kids played well and came in more disciplined than our guys did for sure. So, give them credit on doing a better job than we did.

Going forward, this team still has a ton in front of them. We’ve seen the blueprint around here for the last two years of a disappointing loss and what you’ve got to do to rebound from that in either early or mid-season. So, we know how to do but knowing how to do it and doing it are two different things. We’re going to have to coach a lot better – I, first, have to do a better job of getting our team to maintain the momentum that we’ve had early in games. We’ve obviously not done a good job of that at all. We’ve got a disappointed group in there right now, but a group that’s very hungry. You can see the disappointment on their faces but they’re very hungry to correct the things we need to correct and excited about getting back on the field next week.” – Lincoln Riley

“I think they got more confident as the game went on. I didn’t think we executed very well defensively just for a lot of little things that crept up in the game that again, they had two screens for touchdowns. That’s inexcusable and that’s our fault and that’s what hurts. We should’ve had it defended better. Everyone makes some competitive plays, but they can’t make them all and that’s how it is.

The two personal fouls really hurt. I didn’t see the one on Kenneth, it was going to be 3rd-and-8 we got a chance to win the game and we get a personal fowl. That’s inexcusable. In a game like that where (Ogbo Okoronkwo) is down there, it’s 3rd-and-5, we get another touchdown. He piles on whatever that was. I didn’t see it. The interference calls. There’s just a lot of things. We’re just not on the right end of it right now for whatever reason and that’s all it takes.” – Mike Stoops on Iowa State’s offensive success

“I think it’s a sense of complacency. We’ve been talking about it; it’s not like we haven’t addressed it. We’ve let teams come back in games and give them hope. When you do that to a team who has their back against the wall, it’s something you can’t do. When you have a chance to bury a team you have to take care of it. The great teams take care of that business, and so for us it’s about no matter what the score is, you have to do your job every play, and it doesn’t matter if you’re up by a hundred or losing by 50, you have to do your job every play.” – Baker Mayfield

“The most disappointing thing, really, is we didn’t play our best game. They have a great team but we just left a lot out on the field. We weren’t efficient, even in the red zone. Once we get down there we’ve got to execute, and that’s just our main focus.” – Trey Sermon

“There were a lot of mistakes that were made on all three sides of the ball; on offense, defense, and special teams. There is a lot to learn from this game. I remember a similar situation two years ago losing to Texas and coming back really strong. I think this team can respond well. There were a lot of things that went wrong that we could have done better. We’re going to watch the film and correct that.” – Mark Andrews

Game Notes

• Saturday’s loss snapped Oklahoma’s 14-game winning streak. The streak finished as the seventh longest win streak in program history and the longest for the Sooners since winning 20 straight over the 2000-01 seasons.

• Oklahoma has scored at least 30 points in the last 15 games. It is the longest streak of 30-plus-point performances in school history (previous was 13 straight games in 2008).

• The Iowa State game marked the seventh straight in which the Sooners did not throw an interception, their longest streak without throwing a pick since 1986.

• Baker Mayfield has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 31 straight games, extending his own school record.

• He’s thrown at least two TD passes in 18 consecutive games, which is the longest in Big 12 history, breaking the mark of 17 held by Sam Bradford.

• Mayfield registered his 12th career game (11th at OU) of at least one passing touchdown and at least one rushing TD.

• His 24 completions give him 623 at OU, and 841 in his career, surpassing Sam Bradford’s mark of 604 for fourth in OU history, while also moving into eighth on the Big 12’s career list.

• Mayfield’s 57 yards rushing ranks fifth most in a single game in his career. His 656 OU career rushing yards is the best by a Sooner quarterback since 2000.

• Mark Andrew’s three receptions move him into fourth place in OU history among tight ends with 69, passing Keith Jackson (68).




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