Oklahoma football notebook: RB Damien Williams gets the nod, more carries

Damien Williams carried the ball 14 times for 48 yards Saturday against Texas Tech, but he made a bigger impact in the Sooners' passing game — catching six passes for 82 yards.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 6, 2012

Shannon and Wilson each finished with six tackles, which was tied with Nelson and Aaron Colvin for the team high.

Shannon also sacked Tech quarterback Seth Doege for a 10-yard loss.

“Frank had a heck of a game,” said coach Bob Stoops. “Julian Wilson played a ton. He did well.

“All of those guys came in and did a nice job. The guys up front I thought got excellent pressure overall.”

KASITATI, MCFARLAND INJURED

Near the end of the first quarter, senior defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland intercepted a pass, but then fumbled it back to Tech on the Red Raiders' 4-yard line.

McFarland left the game with an apparent ankle injury and didn't return, although he stayed in uniform and on the sideline the rest of the game.

After the game, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said he wasn't sure of McFarland's status, but the senior was seen slightly limping toward the team bus.

“I guess he twisted his ankle,” Mike Stoops said. “I don't know ... his status.”

Also, redshirt freshman reserve guard/center Nila Kasitati hurt his knee in the second half and didn't return.

He was later seen on the sideline with ice on his knee, and was walking with crutches after the game.

MIKE STOOPS EXCITED TO RETURN TO COTTON BOWL

Mike Stoops, in his first season back as Oklahoma's defensive coordinator, is excited to head back to the Cotton Bowl next weekend for the Red River Rivalry.

“It's a special game,” Mike Stoops said. “This is what you come to Oklahoma for. It's Oklahoma-Texas, and (Saturday's win) gives us a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence going down there. That's good for us.”

Mike Stoops spent five seasons in Norman, leaving after the 2003 Big 12 title game to take Arizona's head coaching position, a job he held until being fired midway through the 2011 season.

TECH'S REIGN ATOP NATION'S DEFENSES IS SHORT

After Texas Tech's win last week at Iowa State, the Red Raiders were ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense and passing defense, and No. 5 in scoring defense.

It's safe to say the Red Raiders will fall in those rankings after Saturday's loss to Oklahoma, in which the Tech defense surrendered 34 points — not counting Javon Harris' third-quarter interception return for a touchdown — and 259 passing yards.

Entering Saturday's game, Tech opponents were averaging 10.8 points, 82 passing yards and 167.5 total yards per game.

NOTEWORTHY

Jones' two touchdown passes Saturday increased his career total to 100, tying him for 13th all-time with former Marshall QB Chad Pennington. He also became one of three players in Big 12 history — and one of 23 in NCAA history — to have 100 career touchdown passes and 13,000 career passing yards. ... Tress Way booted a 71-yard punt in the first quarter into the wind, which is his season long and ties for the third-longest in his career. ... The game's 60,800 fans in attendance set a Jones AT&T Stadium record. The previous record of 60,454 was set in 2010 against both Texas and Oklahoma State.

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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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