Mike Stoops: 'There ought to be plenty of motivation' for Oklahoma against Iowa State

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops watches players stretch before the UCLA game last Saturday at Owen Field.

NORMAN, Okla. — There are two schools of thought pertaining to revenge over a loss that occurred practically one year ago.

The first: New year, new team.

The second: We remember.

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops hasn’t forgotten his unit’s breakdowns in the 38-31 loss to Iowa State in 2017, and he isn’t afraid to use those as motivators.

“We’re gonna need to play a lot better than we did a year ago if we want to win. It’s not about them as much as it is about us. I didn’t think we played particularly well a year ago, and if we want to win we’re gonna have to play a whole lot better this year,” Stoops said.

Iowa State touchdown passes of 27 and 52 yards in the fourth quarter are burned into Stoops’ brain, even if OU’s defense appears upgraded since then.

“There’s a lot of things to clean up from a year ago,” Stoops asid, “from the plan, to the execution, to the tackling, to the coverage. I mean, I don’t know what aspect was really good a year ago, so there ought to be plenty of motivation.”

• Evans coming along: Two games into his new role at left tackle, Bobby Evans is grading out OK in the film room.

Evans had long been a right tackle before moving over prior to this season. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh still wants improvement, especially after a subpar rushing day last week (35 carries, 179 yards)

“Played pretty good. Has to play better, just like everybody else,” Bedenbaugh said of Evans. “He’s got to continue to improve, get more comfortable. Not that he’s uncomfortable, just the different things he has to do on that side. He’s been good. He can be great, just like everybody else.”

• Gumbs lands at Oregon State: Former OU linebacker Addison Gumbs didn’t take long to find a new home.

Gumbs, who sustained a season-ending injury the day before OU’s season opener, has transferred to Oregon State. He played OU’s Jack linebacker position. OU announced his plan to transfer five days after the injury.

• He said it: OU safety Justin Broiles, shouting to Kenneth Murray as Murray walked past him after practice Tuesday:

“That's my dog over there. That's my dog. I'm trying to get like you, man. Hey, he's the spark right there. It's up after that.”

• This, that: Sophomore safety Robert Barnes didn't play against UCLA (undisclosed injury) but practiced Tuesday. ... Iowa State coach Matt Campbell told the Des Moines Register if quarterback Kyle Kempt (MCL) isn't prepared to play by Wednesday, he'll start looking at backup QB options. ... ABC's team of Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, and Tom Luginbill will handle broadcast duties during OU-Iowa State (Saturday, 11 a.m.).

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