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October 16, 2013

Stoops turns focus to Kansas

Norman —

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wanted to focus on the Sooners' next game at Kansas. Still, there are questions being asked about what happened against Texas.

The Longhorns throttled Oklahoma 36-20 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and left the Sooners — who had won three straight in the series and were a two-touchdown favorite — trying to figure out what happened and where they go from here.

To a man they gave Texas credit for making plays and playing more physical football. Senior safety Gabe Lynn insisted No. 18 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) wasn't overconfident.

“I don't call it a surprise because I think every team in this conference can beat us if we're not playing to the best of our ability,” Lynn said. “We didn't come out as hard as they did. They came out a little tougher than us and hit us in the mouth. It's just kind of an eye opener. You hate for it to happen but we have to be prepared each week.”

Stoops said Texas made four big plays that essentially won the game for the Longhorns — touchdown passes of 59 yards and 38 yards by Case McCoy to Marcus Johnson and Mike Davis, respectively, an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Daje Johnson and a 31-yard interception return by Chris Whaley.

“When you make plays like that, or give up plays like that in these kinds of games it's incredibly difficult to overcome,” Stoops said. “Obviously we weren't able to do it. We didn't have as many big plays as well to answer back. To their credit they limited those.”

Oklahoma was inconsistent on offense, Stoops said, able to run the ball with some success but being forced — because of game circumstances — to throw the ball more. Blake Bell struggled, completing 12-of-26 passes for 133 yards and throwing his first two interceptions of the season. Texas sacked Bell four times.

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