Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Scott Satterfield reacted to the 20-6 loss against the Oklahoma Sooners in the postgame press conference.
In addition to struggling to convert on third down, the offensive line didn’t protect quarterback Emory Jones and it resulted in a lot of empty possessions.
Satterfield’s team couldn’t find success in the red zone for a second week in a row and the Sooners were able to eventually pull away in the second half.
The Bearcats will attempt to bounce back and snap the losing streak next week but a matchup against the BYU Cougars is going to be a difficult test.
Cincinnati Football: Scott Satterfield reacts to Oklahoma loss in postgame press conference
Even though it was another disappointing result, Cincinnati linebacker Dorian Jones showcased his ability with a career-best 13 tackles and one sack.
Following a frustrating loss last week, the Bearcats were looking to get back on track but the offense continued to struggle in the red zone today.
It appeared Cincinnati was going to cut into the 10-3 deficit heading into halftime but kicker Carter Brown missed a 26-yard field goal to halt the momentum.
The Big 12 opener was a chance for the Bearcats to make a statement against a perennial contender but the talent discrepancy became abundantly clear.
Cincinnati Football: Bearcats fall short in 20-6 loss against Oklahoma to open Big 12 play
Bryan Brown’s defense played well enough to keep the Bearcats within striking distance but the offense was never able to make a serious dent in the deficit.
Satterfield discussed the disappointing loss to Oklahoma and reacted to the protection issues during the press conference via Cincinnati Athletics.
"“I thought we had some real protection issues. We had guys running free in the secondary and didn’t have time to throw it. Those are things we’re going to work on this week. We popped a few runs but not consistent so that obviously hurt us. The game plan was to control our side and be able to occupy the ball and stay on the sticks. It’s hard to overcome if it’s long yardage and we weren’t very good on third down today because of that. It comes down to execution as far as fundamentally making the blocks. I think we have to do a better job within the red zone. Blocking up front and with our tight ends.”"