After improving to 2-0 with Saturday's 69-13 rout of Florida A&M, Oklahoma gets its first of two bye weeks in September.
The Sooners return to action Sept. 22 at home against Kansas State, which is led by powerful running quarterback Collin Klein. The Wildcats are coming off a 52-13 shellacking of Miami.
“It's good in the sense that we have two weeks to prepare for Kansas State because they're a great team,” senior defensive end R.J. Washington said of the off week. “They just put up 52 on Miami ... we're gonna need that extra time to get as much film as we can on them.”
Kansas State racked up 498 total yards — 288 of them coming on the ground — against the Hurricanes. OU struggled against UTEP's rushing attack in the season opener, surrendering 177 yards to Miners running back Nathan Jeffery.
“It's probably going to be one of our biggest challenges of the year,” Washington said of the Kansas State game. “They're disciplined, they play hard and they know who their assignments are. They play downhill great and smashmouth football.”
ONUOHA SEES FIRST ACTION
True freshman defensive end Michael Onuoha saw his first college football action in Saturday's 69-13 rout of Florida A&M.
Onuoha, from Edmond Santa Fe, didn't play football much at all until his senior year of high school, when he was impressive enough to earn offers from Oklahoma and Missouri. He chose the Sooners and, with the lack of depth on the defensive line, has done well enough through summer workouts and fall camp to earn opportunities for early playing time.
After not playing at all in the season opener at UTEP, Onuoha played some in the second half Saturday, recording one assisted tackle. At one point, the Sooners went with an all-freshman defensive line, with Onuoha and true freshman Charles Tapper on the ends, and redshirt freshmen Jordan Phillips and Marquis Anderson at the tackle spots.
Onuoha (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) still hasn't begun to tap his full potential.
HEUPEL: O-LINE IMPROVED IN SECOND HALF
The Oklahoma offense line was criticized for its performance in the season opener at UTEP, and co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said he thought the unit played much better in the second half than in the first Saturday against Florida A&M.
“I thought we did (played well) in the second half,” Heupel said. “I wasn't happy with our execution the first half, run game and pass game. Certainly in the second half our guys did a much better job. Handled the looks and the pressures that they received.”
The offensive line lost senior veterans Ben Habern and Tyler Evans to severe injuries before the season began.