OU football notebook: Dominique Whaley has career night

BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: October 16, 2011

Running back Dominique Whaley had a career night (165 yards rushing).

When's the last time Whaley, who was a backup at Lawton MacArthur and Langston, had 30 carries? Junior high?

“Never,” Whaley said after a 47-17 win over Kansas. “I enjoyed it.”

You're not sore?

“Maybe (Sunday) but not right now,” Whaley said.

Whaley also had his first career fumble.

“I don't want another one until forever,” Whaley said. “I've just got to keep it protected, secure the ball to the body and that won't happen.”

DEFENSE A TALE OF TWO HALVES

Kansas compiled 246 yards and 17 points the first half. The Jayhawks averaged 6.7 yards per rush attempt.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables said the Jayhawks' offensive line is the best the Sooners have faced the first six games.

“The thing you can't do is give up big plays. And you have to get pressure on the quarterback,” Venables said. “There are things you have to do on a consistent basis... In the second half we played like we're capable, better positioning, better tackling.”

In the second half, OU limited Kansas to one first down, six total yards (0.2 yards per play).

“We got angry,” said OU linebacker Travis Lewis. “They were talking an awful lot of trash. That got us going. We flipped the switch and settled down. Once we did that we dominated.”



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