Practice report: Coach takes blame for loss 

September, 25, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel discussed at length the struggles of his offense Saturday night in a 24-19 loss at Kansas State.

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireLandry Jones deserves some blame for Oklahoma's slow offensive start, but the Sooners' problems go far beyond him.
Heupel agreed that it’s been awhile since the OU offense played up to its potential on a consistent basis. When asked how he gets the Sooners to perform to that level and put it together, as quarterback Landry Jones noted this week, here was his response:

“At the end of the day, have a bunch of new guys -- that’s not an excuse because we’re capable of playing a lot better than we did the other night -- you have five drives that end up in the red zone out of your 10 drives, which isn’t terrible. Trust me, that performance the other night wasn’t good. I understand that. But it’s not like we’re not doing anything well. We need to operate more efficiently in the red zone, we need to take care of the ball. You got two three-and-outs that hurt you, penalties that put you behind the chains, quarterback has to take care of the ball. You do that and it’s a different ball game.
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