Texas scored its most points in Red River Showdown history on Saturday. That cost Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops his job.
The Longhorns defeated the Sooners, 48-45, and OU coach Lincoln Riley acknowledged the defense didn't tackle well or defend well in the game. Riley said he was on board with the game plan afterward, but clearly wasn't pleased with the defensive effort.
So Stoops, the brother of longtime coach Bob, got his walking papers on Sunday. The Football Brainiacs first reported the news, which has since been confirmed by multiple other outlets.
It's unclear who will take over the defensive coordinator duties. The Sooners have a couple former defensive coordinators on their staff in Ruffin McNeill and Bob Diaco.
Oklahoma is entering a bye week and will return to action against TCU on Oct. 20 in Fort Worth.
Stoops, 56, returned for a second stint at Oklahoma in 2012 after being fired as Arizona's head coach.
The Sooners' defense had struggled of late. Baylor scored 33 points and gained 493 yards on them last month, and Texas managed to hang 48 points and gain 501 yards on Saturday.
As stated, Riley was critical of Oklahoma's defense in his postgame news conference, but also said he was on board with the game plan going into it.
"I liked the plan," Riley said. "I thought we had a good plan, but in any game like this, there's going to have to be adjustments. Adjustments on all three sides of the ball. I think Texas defensively, did some things we hadn't seen, we did some things they hadn't seen, it was kind of a constant back and forth, but we didn't get enough stops to win."
Stoops took accountability for the defensive effort afterward as well.
"I'm extremely disappointed in my ability to get this team to play at a higher level," Stoops said. "It takes everybody pulling the same way. Certainly, I take a lot of that responsibility. That's for sure."