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 said, “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.”