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Oklahoma football: Sooners' bye week good for K-State preparations

Wildcats coming off impressive 52-13 whipping of Miami. Quarterback Collin Klein helps Kansas State collect 498 total yards.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 9, 2012

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.”


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.

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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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