What adjustments did OU make to the run game before Oklahoma State? Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson admitted early last week that perhaps the complexity of his offense had led to some breakdowns on the offensive line.
So against the Cowboys, Wilson simplified his scheme by using fewer formations. That allowed his line and tight ends to worry less about who to block and instead concentrate more on playing physical and getting a helmet on a defender. Wilson's flexibility paid off as the Sooners rushed for 307 yards. What happened on the goal line stand in which quarterback Zac Robinson fumbled on fourth down? Curtis Lofton forced the fumble and D.J. Wolfe recovered the ball, but linebacker Lewis Baker made that play happen. Baker read Robinson's fake handoff, then didn't allow the speedy quarterback to get outside, forcing him to cut back inside. Said Bob Stoops: "Lewis did a great job staying with him.” That goal-line stand proved to be the turning point in the game as OU's offense took the field leading 21-7 instead of 21-14. What's the status of injured defensive end Auston English, who has now missed three straight games with a hairline fracture in his right ankle? Coaches originally thought English would play last weekend at Texas Tech.
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Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson is stopped short of the goal line in the first half of OU's 49-17 win on Saturday. Lewis Baker, not pictured, played a big part in the play by forcing Robinson to cut back to the inside. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN