Oklahoma football: New offensive philosophy debuts alongside Sooners' quarterback Trevor Knight

by Jason Kersey Published: August 31, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9), Jalen Saunders (8), and Lacoltan Bester (11) celebrate a touchdown beside Louisiana Monroe's Cordero Smith (10) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9), Jalen Saunders (8), and Lacoltan Bester (11) celebrate a touchdown beside Louisiana Monroe's Cordero Smith (10) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry The Oklahoman

“You try not to worry too much about stats,” Knight said. “You take what they give you. We didn't light it up like they have here in the past; we did what we needed to do to win. Anytime you get a win, that's all that matters.”

Through most of the first quarter, Knight and the Sooners' offense struggled to do much of anything. The long run on the third play of the game ended up being Oklahoma's only first down in the opening quarter.

OU went three-and-out on three straight possessions before finally getting the run game going at the beginning of the second quarter.

On a third-and-3 play from the Sooners' 43-yard line, senior Damien Williams powered through several Warhawks defenders to pick up four yards and a first down.

It was the first of Williams' four consecutive runs that brought OU inside ULM's 40.

Senior Brennan Clay then picked up 22 yards on three straight carries, and two plays later, Knight connected with Jalen Saunders for a 12-yard touchdown pass.

“Really pleased with how we ran it tonight,” Ikard said. “It can always be better. It needs to be better next week. We've gotta improve every week. To put up over 300 running, that's pretty good and pretty rare for us around here.

“If we get our air game going, this can be a dangerous offense.”

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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