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Stoops defends conservative play calling

In his call in show, Stoops defended the conservative play calling from Saturday’s game. The Wildcats only scored 3 points in the second half.

“I understand what (the caller) is talking about, and he’s been right in the past,” he said. “But this is a new team, new era. I’m worried about this year and winning this game. We did some very, very good things. We were so dominant in time of possession.

“Our first drive on offense in the second half was a thing of beauty. We were up, we were keeping them off balance, throwing it on first down, and moving the chains. We got in field goal position, and we just missed the field goal. … Give South Carolina credit, they bowed up, they cleaned some things at halftime and played a little stronger to slow our offense down a little bit. When you say same old offense, this is the same old offense that’s putting us in position to win a bunch of football games,” said Stoops.

“Our first drive on offense in the second half was a thing of beauty. We were up, we were keeping them off balance, throwing it on first down, and moving the chains. We got in field goal position, and we just missed the field goal. … Give South Carolina credit, they bowed up, they cleaned some things at halftime and played a little stronger to slow our offense down a little bit. When you say same old offense, this is the same old offense that’s putting us in position to win a bunch of football games,” said Stoops.

“Here’s the deal, the object is to win games,” he said. “So when you’re ahead like that, and we’re possessing the ball and limiting touches and opportunities for the offense, that’s what you’re trying to do is win games. Of course we want to put the foot on the gas and score points, but you don’t want to be reckless, as well. You want to win. Again, I can’t emphasize it enough, even with the mishaps in the second half, the possessions were limited for South Carolina, who has an extremely explosive team. And so when we limit those opportunities, it gives us a great chance to win.”

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