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Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners' RB Damien Williams makes strong return

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: November 10, 2012

But Clay took the kick 36 yards to give the Sooners the ball at the Bears 45 and getting the Sooners thinking about scoring instead of just running out the clock.

Two plays later, Landry Jones hit Justin Brown for a 35-yard touchdown pass to send the Sooners into the locker room up 28-17.

“I'm thankful for the opportunity,” Clay said. “The Lord's blessed me so much with this talent and I'm thankful I'm able to take advantage of it.”


After shuffling from defensive end to tight end and back to defensive end, Geneo Grissom saw significant time on defense as the Sooners rotated through a deep group of defensive linemen throughout.

“We just wanted to stay fresh out there,” defensive end David King said. “We knew they liked the hurry-up tempo, so we wanted to keep guys' legs fresh. Everytime we had an opportunity to substitute, coaches did it. We had some substitution issues there, but they didn't hurt us much.”

Jordan Phillips also saw plenty of time on the defensive front.

Grissom worked out with the receivers in pre-game warmups.


Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel opened his postgame remarks Saturday by thanking those who donated to his 14 Foundation's annual holiday food drive.

“We really appreciate the energy and support of everybody,” Heupel said.

Fans were able to make cash donations at stadium gates before Saturday's win over Baylor.

The food drive began in 1999, when Heupel was a first-year Sooner quarterback. It has expanded over the past several years, aided by the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Since the drive's inception, it has helped provide needy families with more than 130,000 meals. This year, it is anticipated that 30,000 meals will be provided in at least 10 communities around the state.


The Sooners held Baylor to a season-low 424 yards of total offense. ... Midway through the second quarter, OU was penalized for having 12 players on the field. On the next play, the Sooners only had 10 players out there as Baylor converted on third down. ... Tony Jefferson had his fifth double-digit tackle game of the season with 11. ... Javon Harris had a career-high 14 tackles to lead the Sooners. ... Kenny Stills moved into fourth place in Sooners history with 2,317 career receiving yards.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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