MANHATTAN, Kan. — Brennan Clay craved more carries and a greater role in Oklahoma’s offense, and wasn’t afraid to admit it publicly.
The senior has split carries in a running back by committee system most of the season, and argued Monday that to build rhythm throughout a game, he needed at least a few more touches than the 10 he’d averaged over the Sooners’ first 10 contests.
Just five days later, Clay got exactly what he wanted and delivered, rushing for a career-high 200 yards on a career-high 31 carries and helping lead Oklahoma to a 41-31 victory at KansasState.
“I just think it's hard as a running back, especially in college ball, getting six or seven carries a game,” Clay said. “Between myself, Damien (Williams) and Roy (Finch), we all do a great job with the ball in our hands. It's hard for us all to get a rhythm.
“I had to carry the load a little more today. I found that rhythm, and we kept running.”
Williams, suspended for the second time this season, didn’t make the trip to Manhattan. Clay started Saturday’s game, and ran the ball on 12 — nearly half — of Oklahoma’s first 25 offensive plays.
The Sooners took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter, but Kansas State battled back and tied the score with two long touchdown passes from Jake Waters to Tyler Lockett.
Only three plays after the Wildcats pulled even, Clay broke free for a 64-yard touchdown.