September 30, 2007

Venables left to pick up the pieces

Boulder, Colo. -- The Oklahoma defense gave up 381 yards of total offense to a Colorado team that had been struggling to move the ball all year against quality competition. The Sooner defense was also dominated physically in the second half of play.

It wasn't all on the defense as special teams and turnovers contributed to poor field position throughout the second half. But Brent Venables is left to pick up the pieces after the Buffalos ran right through his supposedly stiff defensive front on Saturday during a 27-24 loss in Boulder.

Venables talked about the issues he now faces on defense following the loss.

Q: How is Ryan Reynolds doing? It looked like he got banged up?
Brent Venables:
He'll be all right. He's tough. He's banged up. It's nothing that's a new injury. It's just kind of a nagging deal. It's tough. He gave all he had out there and he left it out there.

How did you feel about the way you matched up with the Colorado running game heading into the game?
Venables:
I think we liked the matchup. They put a few new wrinkles in but it still comes down to being more physical, coming off of blocks and tackling when you get there. They do a good job of mixing things up.

Q: Brent, they were gashing you for eight, twelve, six yards a pop in the second half. Was altitude a part of that at all?
Venables:
No. I think we didn't fit things right and sometimes we lost some composure and then we just didn't tackle well. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don't.

It's discouraging and we've got a lot of work to do with the basics obviously.

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