Quick links:
 Latest Team Rankings
 Free Rivals Alerts
 Member Services
ShopMobileRadio RSSRivals.com Yahoo! Sports

November 23, 2013

Sooner injuries changed plans on the fly

Untitled Document

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Oklahoma came out with intentions of running the ball early, often and with authority at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The Sooners were able to do just that 52 times for 301 yards on the ground. OU finished just short of 500 yards of total offense with 472 in the 41-31 win against Kansas State.

What makes that performance more impressive is the Sooners' shuffling of the offensive line. Junior guard Adam Shead didn't travel, so senior Bronson Irwin started the game at left guard.

"I think (Shead) lasted longer a little bit more than I would've anticipated coming in," said offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh of Shead.

Bedenbaugh is hopeful Shead could return for the Sooners' regular season finale against Oklahoma State in two weeks time.

During the third quarter, starting left tackle Tyrus Thompson went down with an ankle injury and sophomore Derek Farniok needed to step up. Bedenbaugh is getting comfortable with playing more of his offensive line.

Junior college transfer Dionte Savage saw playing time during the Sooners' big packages, but Bedenbaugh likes continuity. He'd much rather not have to move pieces of his offensive line around if he doesn't have to.

"It's one of those things where if I feel the other guys are playing better I'm not just gonna roll guys just to roll," he said. "If we're fine and guys are performing well, they're going to continue to play. I like the chemistry of five guys playing together."


Through the first half, Oklahoma's coaches made a concerted effort to play senior corner back Aaron Colvin only in passing situations, substituting him for sophomore corner back Cortez Johnson when possible.

The system was hurting the Sooners though as Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett put together a career day against OU. He recorded more than 200 yards receiving in the first half.

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops decided that couldn't go on. He played Colvin for the entire second half instead of Johnson, even though Colvin is playing hurt.

It worked. Lockett accounted for just 72 yards receiving in the second half.

"Aaron hasn't practiced at all for the most part over the last two and half weeks since the Baylor game," Mike Stoops said. "Really it was his decision to play and nobody else's. It was strictly up to him.

"Probably wasn't anywhere close to 100 percent, but it tells you a lot about his toughness, his character. He knew we needed him to when this game."


With 12:55 left to play in the game, sophomore Zack Sanchez did his best to make amends for missing assignments and being beaten by Lockett all afternoon.

After quarterback Jake Waters' last two passes had gone in Lockett's direction, Sanchez was able to jump a route and pick off a pass on the OU-26 yard line. He picked up a convoy and returned it 74 yards to pay dirt.

The interception was Sanchez's first of his career.

"They killed us on hitch routes all day, and I just finally decided to press it to have a better opportunity to make a play on the ball and sat on it, and he basically threw it right to me," Sanchez said. "I had a lot of guys leading me to the end zone."

The pick was the first of the game for Oklahoma but not the last and Sanchez was not the last to atone for his poor performance in the first half. Late in the fourth quarter, safety Quentin Hayes picked off a Waters pass.


"Bobby is a tremendously talented football coach. I think everyone is well aware of that, as well as Barry Switzer was. Two really wonderful coaches both very talented and successful. I am sure it certainly means something for Bobby. It was not a good win because it came here, and I told him that before the ball game. I wished him well with the exception of today."

-- Kansas State coach Bill Snyder on Bob Stoops becoming the winningest football coach in OU history

Oklahoma NEWS


Latest Headlines:


Rivals.com is your source for: College Football | Football Recruiting | College Basketball | Basketball Recruiting | College Baseball | High School | College Merchandise
Site-specific editorial/photos SoonerScoop.com. All rights reserved. This website is an officially and independently operated source of news and information not affiliated with any school or team.
About | Advertise with Us | Contact | Privacy Policy | About our Ads | Terms of Service | Copyright/IP policy | Yahoo! Sports - NBC Sports Network

Statistical information 2014 STATS LLC All Rights Reserved.