Defensively, the Oklahoma Sooners have not had the best performances, specifically this past weekend against Texas. The Sooners fell to Texas in the Red River Showdown, 48-45, as Mike Stoops’ defense gave up the most points ever in the showdown. Per reports, Stoops has been released as the defensive coordinator for Oklahoma.
In fact, the Sooners’ defense has been allowing 23.2 points per game under Stoops’ coaching. On Saturday, Oklahoma gave up 501-yards. However, Oklahoma did win those games against Florida Atlantic, UCLA, Iowa State, Army, and Baylor.
Under Stoops’ leadership, Oklahoma’s defense struggled, ranking 98th in the country in third-down defense. The Sooners were allowing opponents to convert 42.4% of its third downs. Oklahoma’s defense in the red zone hasn’t been good this year, allowing its opponents to score 100% of its possessions in the red zone.
Stoops has been the defensive coordinator since 2012 when he returned to the university after coaching at Arizona. This was Stoops’ second stint with the university as he was on the staff when his brother Bob was coaching the Sooners.
Luckily for the Sooners’ they have a bye week and won’t return to the field until Oct. 20 against TCU.