Sooners’ defense dominates Iowa State in 59-14 win

From the game’s first series, Oklahoma’s defense made it clear that Saturday would be different.

Defensive end Charles Tapper pressured Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson into a third-down incompletion to force a quick three-and-out, and after 3 ½ hours of torturing Richardson, the Sooners left Jack Trice Stadium a 59-14 victor.

“Today, we just went out there and said, ‘No matter what they throw at us, we’re gonna go out out there and rush the quarterback,’” Tapper said. “No worries about losing contain. We’re quick enough and better athletes to go out there and work them.”

That attitude represented a stark contrast from the Sooners’ rough three-game stretch in October, when defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was much more selective with his blitzes.

“We tried to call a more aggressive style of game and tried to put more pressure on the offense instead of sitting back,” Stoops said. “Some games it’s easier than others.”

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