October 16, 2006

Venables happy with defensive progress

Adrian Peterson will continue to steal headlines throughout the week as the Sooners prepare for life post-A.D.

But the Sooners did happen to win impressively over the weekend as the defense put together its most complete performance to date against quality competition. Brent Venables defense was all over the field on Saturday as Rufus Alexander and his teammates finally looked like a defense capable of making big plays.

The Sooners limited a potent Iowa State offense to only 238 yards of offense on Saturday. But OU also had constant pressure on ISU quarterback Brett Meyer and the defensive line was able to get a constant push on the opposing offensive line all game.

"I just thought our pressure was better, more consistent, than it's been. We still let him get out a couple of times but (Brett Meyer's) a good player," said Venables. "They've got a veteran offensive line that has, for the most part, protected him well. It comes in good pressure up front and good coverage behind to force him to hold on to the ball and not give him - jumping routes and the back-end and the front-end being better and more consistent and all on the same page at the same time."

Alexander came up with an interception on Saturday due to pressure created by C.J. Ah You.

It wasn't the only example of defensive playmaking on Saturday. It was almost as if the Middle Tennessee defensive effort was duplicated against a much better opponent.

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