Oklahoma football: Long-distance runs send Sooners sprinting past Iowa State

OU 48, IOWA STATE 10 — Jalen Saunders' punt return shook Oklahoma out of its slow start. Then running backs Damien Williams and Brennan Clay turned it on with long TD runs that highlighted OU's best rushing output of the Bob Stoops' era.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 16, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders (8) returns a punt for a touchdown past Iowa State's Jack Spreen (49) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders (8) returns a punt for a touchdown past Iowa State's Jack Spreen (49) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

The Sooners (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) travel to Kansas State Saturday, take a week off and close with the Dec. 7 Bedlam game in Stillwater.

OU scored touchdowns on five of their seven second-half possessions, three of which ended in long, electrifying runs. Senior Brennan Clay scored on a 63-yarder, and Knight rushed for a 56-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

“Really at halftime we talked about just going out there and having fun, going out there and playing like we have since we were little kids, and I think everyone responded to that,” Knight said.

Williams finished with 128 yards and two touchdowns, Knight rushed for 123 yards and Clay added 87. It was Oklahoma's first game with two 100-yard rushers since Chris Brown and Mossis Madu did it in a 62-21 rout of Missouri in the 2008 Big 12 Championship game.

“A couple of those guys were running too far and were too tired to go back in,” Ikard joked about Williams and Clay. “Really pleased with the way those guys played. We all know it starts up front. Really happy with the way my guys played up front.

“I thought we did a great job in the second half, opening up seams for the backs to make big plays. That's the key to putting points up on that scoreboard.”


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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