Oklahoma football notebook: Damien Williams suspended, expected back for Notre Dame game

by Ryan Aber Published: September 14, 2013
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Stoops said he considered going with backup Kendal Thompson in that situation but ultimately decided against it in favor of giving Bell more game experience.

“Bottom line: we wanted to get Blake as many snaps as possible leading up to a bye week and then going on the road,” Stoops said.

After a bye week, OU goes to Notre Dame on Sept. 28.

Thompson was cleared to return to practice Monday after breaking his foot on opening day of camp in August.

Stoops said Thompson was ready to play if needed.

FRESHMAN FORD IMPRESSIVE

Many questioned the wisdom of playing true freshman running back Keith Ford this season and burning a potential redshirt year, especially with Oklahoma's strong, deep group of running backs.

Ford, though, is already working his way up the depth chart past older players.

“He's a wrecking ball,” Bob Stoops said.

He recorded seven carries for 46 yards and a touchdown on Saturday.

“You guys questioned whether or not we should play Keith,” said co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “We've been watching him for four weeks of training camp. He's an explosive football player. … We've got a good stable of running backs, and we're going to need all of those guys to go through the season.”

SELLOUT STREAK EXTENDED

Even with large blocks of empty bleachers in the student section, the Sooners kept their sellout streak alive with an announced attendance of 84,229.

The sellout was the 89th consecutive for the Sooners, breaking the previous longest streak for OU.

The streak began with Bob Stoops' debut at Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium.

REYNOLDS GETS CAUGHT

Reynolds' 82-yard reception midway through the first quarter was the longest non-scoring catch and fifth-longest non-scoring play in Sooners history.

After the game, Reynolds was still shaking his head that Walker Jr. chased him down.

“I looked up at the jumbotron, I tried to make the cut but it was five yards too late,” Reynolds said. “We ended up kicking the field goal so I felt worse. I was pretty sick on the sideline.”

Reynolds said he expected to hear about that from teammates for the next few days.

“The guys aren't going to spare me at all,” Reynolds said. “They're still going to get me.”

Reynolds catch was the longest play for the Sooners since Cameron Kenney's 86-yard touchdown catch against Oklahoma State in 2010.

EXTRA POINTS

The win was Bob Stoops' 152nd, moving him six victories away from passing Barry Switzer for most coaching wins in school history. … OU is 78-1 when scoring 40 or more points under Stoops. … Roy Finch's 48-yard run in the fourth was the Sooners' longest rush of the season. … Frank Shannon tied a career high with eight tackles by halftime. He finished with 10, a team-high. … Freshman linebacker Dominique Alexander made his first career start, joining Stanvon Taylor as defenders starting for the first time. … Sophomore Durron Neal caught a career-long 41-yard pass in the second quarter and finished with career highs in catches (four) and yards (64). … After sitting out last week against West Virginia, junior college transfer Quincy Russell saw action early against Tulsa.


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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