“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.”