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Oklahoma football: Sooners give fans what they want in blowout win

by Jason Kersey Published: October 13, 2012

Saturday, he gained 167 yards on 22 carries. His 95-yard scamper in the first quarter was the third-longest run in school history — and the longest ever against Texas.

“All of our running backs did a great job obviously,” said co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “Damien has great numbers, the big one coming out backed up in our end zone. But all of those guys ran hard and have the numbers that they do ... because our guys do a great job up front.”

Then there's Millard, the longtime fan favorite who was a frequent subject of preseason interviews with coaches, who assured everyone that he'd get the ball more.

But through the first four games, he received just 15 offensive touches. Saturday, he ran the ball three times for 45 yards, but made his biggest impact in the passing game with five catches, 119 yards and a touchdown.

“You never know what's gonna go well,” Bob Stoops said. “You never know how the other team is gonna react to different formations or plays. Then once you get in, and you realize certain formations they don't like or they don't handle very well, you go back to them.”

Stoops has often said this season that one of his goals is to increase the number of overall offensive plays in each game, which would lead to more touches for the various players he thinks need them.

Through OU's first four games, the Sooners averaged roughly 70 offensive plays.

Saturday against Texas? OU ran 90 of them.

Bob Stoops reminded reporters — forcefully at times — of the criticism he and his team have received in the early part of this season. But he later defiantly discredited any suggestion that he gets personal satisfaction from blowout wins like Saturday's.

“I don't need your or anyone else's validation on what we do or how I'm doing it,” he said when asked about it. “I'm pleased we won, sure, but not because of the criticism. That's just a bunch of people who think they know what they're talking about and most of the time they don't.

“You guys can all throw your perceptions out there because coming into this game they weren't all accurate either.”

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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