Something was off. When Mark Stoops’ team took the field, they didn’t look like the same team that just won three consecutive SEC games.
“We had really good preparation all week, but I really didn’t feel like we had an edge about us today though. I just didn’t like it. (There was) Just a certain look in our eye,” Stoops said. “I think our players wanted it to happen, and I don’t know, I just got to do a better job of getting them to play with that mentality and that edge.”
Stoops was surprised. His team prepared well all week but they just didn’t bring it today. “I saw great urgency and I saw us preparing to win the game, but I didn’t feel like we played that way today.”
The atmosphere should have helped. He was on his players early and often but, “I don’t think you can manufacture it.”
His players have been able to overcome adversity to win close games before. Tonight, the simply didn’t have the intangible edge that previously put them over the top.
“That’s the difference between winning and losing. It takes extreme discipline in pressure situations and we didn’t execute.”