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Oklahoma football notebook: Dominique Whaley gets first carry in three weeks

by Jason Kersey Published: November 3, 2012

“I have no idea what you're talking about,” Stoops said when asked about the alleged dispute, which had lots of people on social media sites convinced that Rhoads had to be held back from the Sooners coach.

“It was a pleasant one,” Stoops said of their postgame conversation. “I wished him luck and he wished me luck. I thought he had a great game.

“I asked him who he was playing next week. He said Texas, and I said, ‘Good luck again.' That was it. Paul and I are great.”


Clay, safety Tony Jefferson and receiver Kenny Stills — who have called themselves the “Cali Trio” since arriving on campus in 2010 — had perhaps their finest collective performance Saturday at Iowa State.

Clay rushed a touchdown to go with his career-high 157 yards; Stills caught six passes for 92 yards and two scores; and Jefferson led OU with nine tackles, while also coming down with a fourth-quarter interception that halted Iowa State's late momentum.

“It was a good day for the trio,” Clay said. “Kenny and Tony ball all the time. I expect that. It feels good to be out there with the boys and see them do so well. We're all just really pushing our team, doing whatever we can to help our team win.”


Oklahoma took its first offensive possession from its own 26-yard line into the Iowa State red zone, and went to backup quarterback Blake Bell on third-and-2 at the Cyclones' 6.

But on two straight plays, the Belldozer picked up only one yard against the stingy Iowa State defensive front, forcing a red zone turnover on downs.

“We got an opportunity in the first drive and we go down ... and we don't convert,” said co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.

“We need to correct that. It got us a week ago against Notre Dame, and down the stretch you've got to take advantage of every opportunity you get because you don't know when you'll get your next one.”

Oklahoma went back to the Belldozer three more times Saturday after the package's opening drive failure, picking up two first downs.

In two games now against Iowa State, the Belldozer has had mixed success. The Sooners rushed for two touchdowns last season out of the package, but also attempted a pass that was intercepted near the goal line.


Nine different Sooners caught passes from senior quarterback Landry Jones, and another seldom-used receiver — junior-college transfer Lacoltan Bester — even got on the field Saturday.

Senior Justin Brown, a Penn State transfer, led OU with seven catches, 107 yards and a touchdown. True freshman Sterling Shepard caught five passes for 77 yards and a score.

Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders, who led OU with 15 catches last week against Notre Dame, finished Saturday with four catches and 54 yards.


The Cyclones' 20 points against Oklahoma on Saturday were the most Iowa State has ever scored on the Stoops-era Sooners. In the seven prior meetings, ISU had scored a total of 36 points. ... Patrick O'Hara resumed his kickoff duties Saturday after sitting the last two games out. He was injured in OU's Oct. 13 win over Texas. His first two kickoffs didn't reach the end zone, and his first of the second half went out of bounds. After that, he was replaced on kickoffs by field-goal kicker Michael Hunnicutt ... Sophomore Geneo Grissom made a return to defense Saturday in the second half. Grissom had switched from defensive end to tight end during the summer, but hasn't seen the field much at all. An OU official said Grissom has been practicing on both offense and defense.

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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