Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops not completely pleased

by Ryan Aber Published: October 20, 2012

FINCH, CLAY MAKE PLAYS

While Damien Williams has taken things over at running back and Dominique Whaley has a firm grasp on the No. 2 spot, Brennan Clay and Roy Finch came up with career-best plays.

Clay broke loose for a career-long 41-yard run in the second quarter for a career-long.

His previous high was 24, which came last week against Texas.

Finch returned the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards for a touchdown, the 15th kickoff return in school history.

Buster Rhymes (1980 vs. Kansas State) and Mark Bradley (2003 vs. Iowa State) also returned kicks 100 yards.

RETURNS LIMIT OFFENSE

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he would've liked to have given the first-team offense, especially players like Jalen Saunders that are working their way into the system, more plays but the game didn't allow it.

“I think you get thrown off when you lose possessions,” Stoops said. “You get a kick return for a touchdown, you lose a possession; you get a punt return for a touchdown, you lose a possession.

“I'm not complaining about it and I'll take it, but it takes away from the offense.”

Partially due to that, the Sooners had the ball for just 19:49, the second-lowest time of possession for OU in the Stoops era and the lowest in a win.

Oklahoma had the ball 19:19 in a loss at Notre Dame in 1999.

EXTRA POINTS

The Sooners have won eight consecutive games against Kansas. ... The 38-point halftime lead was the Sooners biggest since leading Idaho State by 41 on Sept. 9, 2009. ... The Sooners have scored on 32 of 33 trips inside the red zone this season, including all four times against Kansas. ... Jones passed Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour for 11th in NCAA history in touchdown passes with his first of the night. Jones now has 105 touchdown passes in his career. Jones also eclipsed the 14,000-yard mark. ... Javon Harris had two interceptions for the second time in his career. He also did it against Florida State last season. ... Kenny Stills moved into seventh place on the Sooners career receiving list, passing Antwone Savage. ... Nick Hodgson, a sophomore, made his first appearance as a Sooner handling the second and third kickoffs in the first quarter for OU.


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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