→If his shoulder will fatigue more quickly, why did Sam Bradford throw so many passes?
Blame the defense. While Bradford did throw 49 passes, ninth-most in school history, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson called 50 run plays.
"The second half, there was a bunch of three-and-outs that they created that got us back on the field,” Wilson said. "And we didn’t have a significant amount of glitches as far as negative plays, so we were able to keep the drives going.”
Bradford said he was concerned about fatigue and was unsure how his arm would react to four hours in pads. After Saturday’s win, he said he felt "really good” and had none of the "excessive soreness” that could keep him sidelined in the future.
→How worrisome are the drops by the receivers?
Coach Bob Stoops chalked up the mistakes to inexperience. He sent a message by benching junior Cameron Kenney for the majority of the game after he dropped several passes, including a touchdown.
Wilson counted about 10 drops total and said reducing that number would be emphasized this week.
"We feel that a drop is a wasted play. It’s not much different than a penalty,” Wilson said. "We’re trying to show our guys that one of the best ways to end a drive is by having drops.”
Other than the drops, Wilson did say his inexperienced receivers impressed him.
→Could Ryan Broyles return against Texas?
It’s doubtful, but the sophomore receiver hasn’t been ruled out yet. Bradford’s top returning target caught seven touchdown passes before fracturing his shoulder blade on a 37-yard reception against Miami.