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Oklahoma football: Sooners RB Brennan Clay has career day after politicking for more carries

by Jason Kersey Modified: November 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm •  Published: November 23, 2013


photo - Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay (24) runs the ball for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay (24) runs the ball for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

class="body">KansasState quickly responded when Lockett sprinted past the Oklahoma secondary and hauled in a 90-yard touchdown reception.

The Sooners, though, ran out the second-quarter clock with a 12-play, 44-yard drive, capped by a Michael Hunnicutt field goal that gave Oklahoma a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Clay carried the ball five times for 21 yards on the critical drive.

“The thing about Brennan is, he’s always stepped up when he’s been needed,” said running backs coach Cale Gundy. “He’s been a most consistent and solid player for us the last two, three years.

“Sometimes he probably gets overlooked because he’s not flashy, but he’s very productive.”

Clay has never been more productive, though, than he was Saturday.

In fact, his 31 rushes against KansasState were more than the 30 he recorded in the Sooners’ previous four games combined.

“Brennan Clay was sensational,” said OU coach Bob Stoops, who surpassed Barry Switzer as the program’s all-time winningest coach Saturday. “He had a great day running the football. Let’s give the offensive line and Aaron Ripkowski credit. They were great blocking to help Brennan.”

Oklahoma (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) is off next week before traveling to Stillwater to face Bedlam rival OklahomaState on Dec. 7.

“We have an off week, which is a little upsetting because you always want to get out on the field,” Clay said. “But we'll prepare for OkieState. We'll get right back to it.”

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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