NORMAN, Okla. – It took about a quarter for the Oklahoma defense to figure out Kansas, and from then on it didn’t take long for the Sooners to start having success.
But after a pair of poor offensive series to start the game and after Kansas ran out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery were caught on camera yelling at each other.
“That’s pretty standard around here,” Mike Stoops said. “That happens. We don’t consider it anything out of the ordinary. We were just sliding our defense one way and were just trying to get it straightened out.”
The conversation was definitely animated and even coach Bob Stoops got involved.
“I let them figure it out,” Bob Stoops said. “I didn’t say anything.”
But Bob Stoops did say something. Cameras caught him saying, “We’re not going to do this.”
Now, to what context Bob Stoops was saying that is not known, but clearly he involved himself in the discussion.
“I said a lot,” Bob Stoops said. “I’m not going to sit here and detail it for you.”
Kansas had a 10-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a touchdown to start the game. The Jayhawks also had a 68-yard drive, which ended with a touchdown, later in the first quarter.
After the first quarter, Kansas didn’t have a drive that went for more than 19 yards. From that point, the Jayhawks had seven drives that ended in fewer than 10 yards gained.
So, whatever it was Mike Stoops was mad about was fixed.
“Our coaches are all great,” defensive end Geneo Grissom said. “They might not all agree on the same things, but at the end of the day they are great coaches.”