Stoops short in teleconference

By Joel Jellison

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was a man of few words during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference, saying his team’s struggles came down to one thing — turnovers.

“Take care of the football,” he said. “When you give up a 14-point swing, it’s nearly impossible to win. Other than you have to be perfect.”

When asked why his team has suddenly had a bout of losing at home — just the Sooners’ second loss in Norman in the past two seasons — Stoops still had the circumstances for Saturday’s loss fresh on his mind.

“We fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touchdown, and we dropped the ball going in on the 1-yard line going in for a touchdown,” he said. “That’ll get you to lose pretty often. We don’t usually do that.”

Stoops was on the phone call for about five of the 10 minutes allotted per coach and answered a question about the effect K-State punter Ryan Doerr, Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, had on the game, without answering it at all.

“I thought he hit a couple good punts that were fielded well by Justin Brown,” he said.

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