The 2012 Oklahoma Sooners have a reached a crossroads after falling to Kansas State, 24-19, Saturday night. On the positive side, we're only three games into the season meaning there's a lot of football to be played.
On the negative side, the Sooners have struggled against their two FBS opponents this season. OU beat Texas-El Paso (1-3 this season), 24-7, but needed 14 points in the fourth quarter to win. On Saturday OU did something it rarely does and something it had never done.
Coming into the game, OU had lost at home under head coach Bob Stoops just three times, now you can make that four. The Sooners had never lost at home to a ranked opponent under Stoops, now they have.
Granted, the loss to K-State can largely be chalked up to turnovers. The Sooners outplayed the Wildcats pretty much the entire game, but their inability to take care of the football ultimately led to their downfall.
"It's just bad football when you have turnovers and give up a touchdown (while on offense)," Stoops said. "When you give up three turnovers and don't get any, you're going to lose to a good football team every time. It's just bad football."
There were some more troubling aspects, however, namely the defense in the fourth quarter. K-State had just taken the lead and then forced OU to punt. On the next possession, the Sooner defense had the Wildcats in a third-and-12 situation on K-State's side of the field.