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Oklahoma football: Halftime observations from OU-Kansas State

by Jason Kersey Modified: November 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm •  Published: November 23, 2013
Brennan Clay (24) was electric for the Sooners in the first half, but so was Kansas State's Tyler Lockett. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Brennan Clay (24) was electric for the Sooners in the first half, but so was Kansas State's Tyler Lockett. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Oklahoma leads Kansas State 24-21 at halftime inside Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Here are some first-half thoughts, notes and statistics as we head

into the third quarter.

THREE THINGS THAT STOOD OUT

* Running attack

Oklahoma’s rushing offense has been outstanding so far, and it’s all started up front. The Sooners’ offensive line is absolutely dominating Kansas State’s defensive front. Senior RB Brennan Clay said he wanted more opportunities, and he’s taken full advantage of them today, rushing for 160 yards on 20 first-half carries. If the Sooners were still searching for an offensive identity, I think they’ve found it.

* Tyler Lockett

The former Tulsa Washington star has been nothing short of unstoppable for Oklahoma’s secondary so far. He’s caught 6 passes for a stunning 206 yards and three touchdowns. Senior CB Aaron Colvin clearly isn’t all the way back to his normal self; he’s been splitting time with sophomore Cortez Johnson, and it sure seemed like KSU quarterback Jake Waters was picking on Johnson early. But by the end of the half, Zack Sanchez and Quentin Hayes had been victimized, too.

* Trevor Knight

Knight looked good on the Sooners’ first drive, leading OU to a touchdown on an 8-play, 64-yard series. He badly under threw a ball intended for Jalen Saunders on OU’s second drive, though, resulting in an interception. He’s completed 7 of 12 attempts for 87 yards so far, and rushed for 70 yards on 10 carries. Despite the interception, Knight looks drastically improved from his first two starts earlier this season, and appears to have solidified himself as the Sooners’ quarterback moving forward.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN THE SECOND HALF

* OU pass defense

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops lost his mind on the sideline a few times in the first half, and if things don’t change, expect to see a lot more crazy Mike Stoops in the second half. The Wildcats will surely continue testing the Oklahoma secondary the rest of this game, and it will be interesting to see what — if anything — the Sooner defense can change to stop the bleeding.

* Kansas State QB rotation

The Jake Waters-Daniel Sams rotation has worked well for much of the season, but I don’t see any reason for Sams to play at all in the second half. The Sooners are stopping the run, but are getting obliterated in the passing game. Expect Waters and Tyler Lockett to continue picking on the Sooner secondary.

* Momentum swings

Oklahoma took a quick 14-0 lead and appeared on the road to an easy victory before the Wildcats found a way to respond. Even if one team jumps out to a quick second-half lead, I imagine the other will fight back and regain the momentum. It’s just been that kind of game.

OU STARTERS

Offense: QB Trevor Knight; HB Brennan Clay; FB Aaron Ripkowski; WR Jalen Saunders; WR Durron Neal; WR Sterling Shepard; OT Tyrus Thompson; OG Nila Kasitati; C Gabe Ikard; OG Bronson Irwin; OT Daryl Williams.

Defense: DE Chuka Ndulue; DT Jordan Wade; DE Charles Tapper; LB Eric Striker; LB Frank Shannon; LB Dominique Alexander; CB Cortez Johnson; FS Gabe Lynn; SS Quentin Hayes; NB Julian Wilson; CB Zack Sanchez.

HALFTIME STATISTICAL LEADERS

Passing — OU: Trevor Knight 7-12, 87 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; KSU: Jake Waters 9-13, 265 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT.

Rushing — OU: Brennan Clay 20-160, 1 TD; Trevor Knight 10-70, 1 TD; KSU: John Hubert 4-10, Daniel Sams 3-7.

Receiving — OU: Sterling Shepard 3-40, 1 TD, Jalen Saunders 3-25; KSU: Tyler Lockett 6-206, 3 TD, Tramaine Thompson 1-43.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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