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Stoops had his unit at its best in the second half.
Entering Week 13, the Oklahoma defense was ranked among the nation’s best.
The unit ranked No. 19 in scoring (20.1 PPG), No. 13 in total defense (326.4 YPG), No. 10 against the pass (182.8 YPG) and No. 32 against the run (143.6 YPG). Furthermore, the Sooners have given up just 12 touchdowns on the ground and 11 through the air.
On Saturday, the unit seemed to get burned a little too easily against the Wildcats. The team conceded touchdown passes of 90, 48 and 30 yards all in the second quarter alone.
At halftime, Oklahoma had surrendered 21 points and 271 total yards of offense.
Things changed in the second half.
Not only did the Sooners limit Kansas State to just 101 yards of offense, but the defense also made timely plays. Oklahoma came away with two interceptions, one that was returned 74 yards by Zack Sanchez for a touchdown.
That put the Sooners up 41-24 with a little over 11:47 remaining.
Say what you want about how poor the defense played in the first half. But there’s no argument that the unit came out to play in the second half.