NORMAN — Bob Stoops tried to explain what happened late Saturday night and early Sunday morning at Sun Bowl Stadium.
He tried, and it all sounded pretty reasonable. He said the offense was “a little inconsistent,” at his weekly Monday press conference.
“What I mean by that is in the first quarter, we’re moving the ball some, we have a big strike inside the 5-yard … and we have a chop block and then all of a sudden we’re first-and-25 and can’t convert,” he said. “It’s really tough to convert a first-and-25.”
That was one miscue.
Then there was Trey Metoyer just out of bounds, costing the Sooners a touchdown. Then there was a post route for Justin Brown that quarterback Landry Jones, “unlike him,” Stoops said, threw behind and high.
He said the run game was all right, it averaged 5 yards a carry, but can be better. He did not say the Sooners got to that average solely on a late 65-yard run from Damien Williams.
He addressed Jones being sacked three times, saying a couple of them were on Landry, for holding the ball too long, because he had plenty of time, and a couple of times there were assignment issues that put the quarterback peril.
A receiver fell down when they thought they had the right play called. He fell down. What are you going to do?
Jones chimed in.
“We had a game plan and we just didn’t go out there and execute what we wanted to do,” he said. “We just kind of weren’t in sync.”
Only here’s the thing.
Neither one of them is telling us anything. They’re telling us what happened like we’re watching film with them. They’re not telling us why what happened happened.