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Five OU freshman make their debut in blowout of Ball State

BY THE NUMBERS — Sooner running back Dominique Whaley goes for over 100 yards in his first start; OU defense stiffens after allowing big yardage to Missouri.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 1, 2011

Here's a look at Oklahoma's 62-6 win over Ball State by the numbers:

2: Times this season OU has produced a particular final score for the first time in its history. The Sooners never before had played a 62-6 game, just as they had never played a 23-13 game (Florida State).

3.0: Average gain per play for Ball State, a far better performance for OU's defense than the 7.09 allowed against Missouri a week ago. The Sooners had allowed a higher average in a victory only once before, in a 24-22 win over Missouri in 1979.

5: OU freshman made their collegiate debuts – quarterback Blake Bell, defensive end Geneo Grissom, tailback Brandon Williams and offensive linemen Nila Kasitati and Daryl Williams.

7.3: Average gain per run for Dominique Whaley (109 yards, 15 carries) in his first start. Whaley now is averaging 5.4 yards per carry this season.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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