Sooner Nation growing weary of terrible defense
NORMAN -- Curtis Bolton wrapped his arms around the Kansas running back and spun him around.
But never down.
Instead of getting Pooka Williams to the turf, the Oklahoma linebacker let him escape. Williams reversed field, turned up field, and a pass play that should've eked out a yard or two, if that, ended up nearly gaining a first down.
Boos rained down on Owen Field.
Sooner Nation is tired of terrible defense — and even though no one should be surprised by how inept this defense is, it continues to do things that shock our sensibilities.
Case in point: allowing Kansas to score 40 points.
Yes, OU came away with a 55-40 victory Saturday night, but this game was unnecessarily close. Kansas is really bad. The Jayhawks lost by 20 or more to Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Iowa State, but they only lost to the Sooners by 15.
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Kansas rushed for 348 yards.
Read that again.
Here, I'll write it for you again — Kansas rushed for 348 yards.
Williams led the way, and hey, he is a really good running back. No doubt about that. If Les Miles indeed becomes the head coach at Kansas — please, please, please, please, please — he'll give the ball to Williams roughly 743 times a game next year.
But Saturday against OU, he rushed for 252 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. That was the true freshman's career high by 89 yards.
He averaged 16.8 yards per carry and made it look easy again and again.
Gale Sayers had to be smiling.
The Sooners, not so much.
It's one thing to give up a massive amount of yards and a bevy of points to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State and even Texas. Those teams know what they're doing when they have the ball. Kansas doesn't always look like it does.
But Saturday, the Jayhawks went for 524 yards.
And those 40 points? Kansas only scored more in a game this season against Rutgers.
It is completely and totally unacceptable what the Sooner defense has become. Yes, the offenses in the Big 12 are hard to handle, but there are defenses with way less talent that produce way better results. That's a player problem. And a coaching problem. And a scheme problem. Everything about this unit is broken.
What makes it worse — if that's even possible — is that the players act tough after the whistle. As the first half ended, OU defenders got into a scrap with Kansas players on the Jayhawk sideline. More and more players joined in until coaches and security had to step into to keep things from getting ugly.
That sort of thing happened repeatedly Saturday.
It got under the skin of several former Sooners who were vocal on social media.
“I just wish the guys who want to hit and fight people after the whistle blows would use that same ‘toughness' during each play,” former linebacker Curtis Lofton said on Twitter.
This Sooner squad may well find its way into the College Football Playoff. It has an offense that is good enough to compete for the highest, loftiest prizes. But man, its defense pales in comparison not only to the defenses of elite teams but also the defenses of bad teams.
The Sooners should be embarrassed.
But for the betterment of this team, what they should really try to be is better.
Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 405-475-4125 or email@example.com. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.