Oklahoma football notebook: Justin Brown special in Sooners' return game
The Sooners have lacked a home-run threat at the punt returner spot for several years, since Antonio Perkins' departure.
Ryan Broyles was solid there but Justin Brown showed the potential to be a game-breaker in the spot Saturday night, with a pair of long returns that set up Oklahoma touchdowns as the Sooners' rolled to a 69-13 victory.
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Brown, who transferred from Penn State as practices began, looked like he'd scored midway through the first but was ruled out at the 4 after a review.
The 43-yard return set up Damien Williams' second touchdown on the next play.
Then in the second quarter, Brown broke off a 62-yard return to give the Sooners the ball inside the 10 again.
Three plays later, Kenny Stills caught a 16-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 28-3.
“The guy's got it all,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “The guy's really a special guy.
“He can run through some people. He's not a guy you get ahold of his jersey and sling him down.”
Stoops compared Brown's punt-returning abilities to former Sooner J.T. Thatcher.
BELLDOZER SHORT CIRCUITED
With Williams' breakout performance, the Sooners didn't need to rely on Blake Bell and the Belldozer offense much.
Even when they did early, Bell was unable to pick up a first down on third-and-1 on the Sooners' opening drive.
The Sooners went to the formation just one more time, late in the first half.
That one was successful, with Bell running for three yards and a first down on a third and short to keep an eventual touchdown drive alive.
IKARD TAKES BLAME
Sooners center Gabe Ikard isn't usually one to draw many flags.
So it was surprising to hear Ikard's number called after a personal foul call late in the first quarter.
Ikard said the play he made was legal in the past.
“OK, this is what happened,” the junior said. “I'm blocking inside zone. Blocking, blocking, blocking. He changes directions, runs upfield and I cut him. In front of him. Didn't clip him. Didn't hit him from behind or anything. But I'm supposedly 10 yards from the ball so he said it was unnecessary.”
Ikard said he'd been schooled on the rule change, though.
“Coach (James) Patton showed us the video, so don't blame it on him,” Ikard said. “It's just a habit. Lane (Johnson) did the exact same thing I did. We had two of the same penalties.”
METOYER CATCHES FIRST TD
True freshman receiver Trey Metoyer finished Saturday's game with 3 catches for 30 yards, which included an 18-yard touchdown reception with under a minute left in the first half.