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.”