Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners pick up commitments from juco tight end Isaac Ijalana, Alabama DE Dwayne Orso

Junior college tight end Isaac Ijalana and high school defensive end Dwayne Orso committed after both visited for Saturday's game against Iowa State.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: November 17, 2013

Instead, Sooners coach Bob Stoops decided to put a punt return on since Iowa State was punting with the wind.

Then Jalen Saunders nearly let the punt bounce instead of picking it up just inside OU's 10.

“At first, the coach usually tells me if it's near the 10-yard line, fair catch it or let it go,” Saunders said. “I took two steps back and I saw the guys, the defenders, coming to chase me. They were 20 yards away and coming closer. I was just going to chance it. After that I saw a crease right after I caught it and I just took off.”

The result was a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown that sent OU into the half tied after being outplayed much of the first half.


The last time OU had three different players rush for touchdowns of 50 yards or more was Oct. 15, 1988 against Kansas State when Eric Mitchel (85 yards), Charles Thompson (77) and Mike Gaddis (53) each accomplished the feat. … The Sooners' 405 rushing yards were the most in Stoops' 15 years and the most since rushing for 411 against Louisville in 1997. OU is 107-1 all-time when rushing for more than 400 yards.

by Ryan Aber
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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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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