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SoonerScoop Sights & Sounds: OU 20, Cincinnati 6
By Eddie Radosevich,
If there’s one thing we learned about OU in Week 4, it’s that the defense feels like it’s really coming together for head coach Brent Venables .
OU has allowed just 34 points in four games, less than nine per contest. Two games where the opponent hasn’t scored a touchdown. So have the Sooners turned the corner to being a dominant defense?
Let’s not get that crazy yet, said Venables.
“No, no. It’s all relative,” Venables said. “Our guys have been really solid and getting better. Really proud of their work and their commitment and willingness to practice the right way. But our guys know we’re nowhere close. Dominant means you’re close to playing perfection, somewhere close. I don’t feel like we are. There are lots of places we’ve gotta get better.
“Up front, all three levels, in our coverage, in our run fits, our pressure packages, we do. And our guys know it. I don’t have to tell them. They know. Our football IQ right now is really strong, so when we do make some mistakes, those guys immediately know and we’re taking the right accountability to have to have to learn and grow and get better. This is a humbling game. Having respect for the game and great self-awareness is part of becoming the kind of defense we’re capable of becoming. But we’re not anywhere close to what we’re capable of yet.”
The Sooners defense put on a show in the 20-6 victory at Cincinnati. In a game where the offense wasn’t clicking on all cylinders, the defense showed up.
A couple of takeaways, some big tackles for loss. Another massive effort from linebacker Danny Stutsman . And more than anything, getting off the field on third and fourth down in the first Big 12 game of the season.
Here are the Sights & Sounds from video editor Eddie Radosevich.