Roy Finch displayed the quickness and shiftiness that OU coaches talked about before the freshman running back suffered a hairline ankle fracture during fall camp. In his OU debut, Finch rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries.
"That guy makes cuts that I've never seen," said teammate Travis Lewis. "DeMarco (Murray) is a great back, an all-around back. But (Finch) makes some cuts. He made one cut in two-a-days that broke my ankles. That's when I knew this guy has some wiggle to him."
Finch had four runs of 13 or more yards.
"We thought he could give us a little juice, some play-making ability," said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "We have some young guys we want to play. Sometimes we have to play through some hiccups and growing pains. It was nice to get Roy going."
BCS RANKINGS DEBUT TODAY
When the first BCS rankings are released today, the Sooners could be ranked No. 2 or 3 which is fine with Lewis, who doesn't want the Sooners to be on top.
"Put somebody else up there," Lewis said. "We haven't deserved it, yet. We're too up and down. We put two good weeks together. But I don't think it's enough. Put Boise, put someone else up there. We have a lot to prove. We have to earn that spot."
JONES CLOSE TO PERFECT
Quarterback Landry Jones completed 88.2 percent of his passes to establish an OU single-game record for quarterbacks with 25 or more attempts.
Jones was 30-of-34 for 334 yards and three touchdowns. The previous record was Jason White completing 82.9 percent (29-of-35).
"He's a guy you guys (in the media) say is not as good as Sam (Bradford)," quipped Wilson. "I'm asked, 'What's wrong with your quarterback?'
"He's playing well but the surrounding parts are better. He's more comfortable. He's more at ease. He's playing with less stress. Last year I think there was a lot of stress with communication."
Jones was 25-of-27 in the first half. His only two incompletions were a tight throw to Trey Franks that was broken up and a long incompletion to Ryan Broyles, a similar route they hooked up on three plays later for a 39-yard touchdown.
"It's fun to have games like that where everything you seem to throw seems to fall into the receivers' hands," Jones said. "It was a great night, a fun night. I'm proud of our offense."
LEWIS GETS HIS SHUTOUT
Early last week Lewis said he wanted the defense to make a statement by posting a shutout against Iowa State.
"We needed one of those as much scrutiny as the defense has been under all season," Lewis said.
Led by Lewis' team-high 14 tackles, the Sooners limited Iowa State to 183 total yards and 10 first downs. More than half of ISU's production came on broken plays when quarterbacks Austen Arnaud and Jerome Tiller scrambled away from pressure.
"If you give us two weeks to get healthy and prepare against any team we're going to be a tough team to play," Lewis said. "Everybody got in the film room. We had two good weeks of practices. We went out there and showed it."
STOOPS NOW NO. 3
With Saturday's win Bob Stoops moved into third in career wins at OU.
Here are the new rankings:
1. Barry Switzer, 157 victories
2. Bud Wilkinson, 145
3. Bob Stoops, 123
4. Bennie Owen, 122
ALEXANDER MAKES A STATEMENT
Defensive end Frank Alexander, a returning starter who lost his starting job to Pryce Macon in the Red River game, returned to the starting lineup Saturday and played well. Alexander finished with seven tackles, including a sack.
"I had something to prove to myself and prove to the team and coaches that they could count on me to do the job," Alexander said.
Alexander suffered a high ankle sprain late in fall camp that has been slow to heal but showed good speed in the first half chasing down Arnaud.
"I don't know exactly where it's at, but I don't think it's 100 percent," Alexander said. "In the third quarter I kind of nicked it a little bit. At the end it started hurting again. Every day I'll come in and do treatment on it and see where I go from there."
RONNELL LEWIS IS FINE
Defensive end Ronnell Lewis, best known for his big hits on special teams, limped off with a right knee injury midway through the second half following an injury covering a kickoff. Stoops said it was just a sprain and he expects Lewis to play this week at Missouri.
PRIME TIME GAME AT MIZZOU
ABC officials announced OU's game Saturday at Missouri will kick off at 7 p.m. Speculation is ESPN College Game Day also will broadcast from Columbia, Mo., since both teams are undefeated.
O'HARA GRABS KICKOFF JOB?
Punter Tress Way has handled kickoffs much of the season but struggled for the third consecutive game, his kick rarely traveling inside the 10-yard line. Patrick O'Hara most likely seized the job after three kicks resulted in touchbacks. The only negative for O'Hara was when he flagged for a personal foul facemask penalty on a kickoff return.
BOX MAKES 2010 DEBUT
Sidelined nearly two months with a back injury, middle linebacker Austin Box played for the first time this season. Box entered the game on OU's fifth defensive possession. Box played several more series in the second half and was credited with one tackle.
"The guy hasn't played much football the past six weeks until this week," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "To see him get out there and not be rusty I was pleasantly surprised. That's a tribute to him staying locked in the meetings the last six weeks of what I'm sure was agony for him so when he got back out there he would be sharp mentally."
Cornerback Jamell Fleming, who was injured in the first half at Cincinnati and had been sidelined the previous six quarters, returned and played the entire first half. Freshman Aaron Colvin, who filled in for Fleming, including starting against Texas, did not play on defense the first half but played every series in the third quarter.
"We're going to start seeing more teams with spread offenses that can create some mismatches so we need to develop more depth there with guys who can make plays," Venables said. "Against spread teams that will suit us well."
Deep snapper James Winchester is starting to develop a fan following for his speed down field on punts. Winchester's Ronnell Lewis-like big hit on a first-quarter return drew some "oohs" and "ahs."... Safety Quinton Carter also supplied a big hit on ISU wide receiver Darius Dark late in the third quarter... Freshman wide receiver Trey Franks recorded a career high four receptions... Sophomore defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland recorded his first career sack... It's official, the Sooners will play in a bowl game for the 12th consecutive year under Stoops... OU's baseball team, which reached the College World Series and finished with its highest national ranking since 1994, was introduced during the second quarter... Softball coach Patty Gasso and several members of the 2000 national championship team were introduced in the first quarter.