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October 16, 2013

Stoops turns focus to Kansas

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The Sooners had to defend 60 running plays by Texas, allowing the Longhorns to control the clock, and the long punt return by Johnson essentially offset a long kickoff return by Oklahoma's Roy Finch, which set up a touchdown.

“They made the plays,” Stoops said. “We didn’t. So you go on to the next game.”

Fortunately for the Sooners, the next game is this Saturday against Kansas (2-3, 0-2), a team they've enjoyed much success against through the years. Oklahoma leads the series 70-27-6 and has won eight straight games against the Jayhawks. Kansas has lost 23 straight conference games, dating back to a win over Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010.

The Sooners no longer control their own destiny in the Big 12 race, but twice — in 2006 and 2008 — Oklahoma has lost to Texas but still won a conference title. In the latter year, the Sooners even qualified for the national championship game.

The Sooners still have games against two of the three teams that remain unbeaten in conference play, hosting No. 16 Texas Tech on Oct. 26 and visiting No. 12 Baylor on Nov. 7. Oklahoma's remaining schedule also includes the Bedlam showdown with No. 21 Oklahoma State on Dec. 7.

“The Big 12 is a great conference and the best part about it is you never know every year,” defensive end Geneo Grissom said. “We definitely feel like we're still in the running.”

That said, Stoops wasn't in the mood to talk about such things Monday.

“I've talked to our guys about playing this week against Kansas,” Stoops said. “Everybody wants to project to the end of the year. We've been doing it for the last couple of weeks and you can't do it. All we can do is prepare to be as good as we can be for Kansas and that's it.”

The Sooners will face Kansas without starting nose tackle Jordan Phillips. Stoops said the 6-foot-6, 324-pound redshirt sophomore had season-ending surgery Tuesday for what the coach called a ''chronic back issue.''

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