NORMAN — David Oku made sure Carl Albert got its rematch.
Oku bounced back from two early fumbles to turn in one of the best semifinal performances in recent memory, running for 326 yards and four touchdowns as Carl Albert blew past Lawton MacArthur 47-14 Saturday afternoon at Harve Collins Field.
The win sends the Titans to the Class 5A championship game, where they will face Tulsa Washington, which beat Carl Albert 40-7 to start the season.
The Hornets faced a different Carl Albert team in the season opener, though. The Titans were experimenting with the spread offense in the first game. A week later, they abandoned that, went back to the I, and have won 12 consecutive games since.
The return to the I was, in large part, to get the ball to Oku more often.
And that’s exactly what the Titans did against the Highlanders, as Oku carried 38 times.
It was a tough start for the highly recruited Oku, though, as he fumbled twice in the first quarter.
"You’ve got to stick with it,” said Carl Albert’s Daytawion Lowe said. "Everybody makes mistakes. You’ve just got to work through them.”
And Oku came through just fine, with runs of 29, 43, 21 and 63 yards. His longest came on his final carry of the day, a fourth-quarter touchdown.
"Usually after I fumble, I’m down and out,” Oku said. "My teammates lifted me up through adversity though.
"I’m just happy with the win, though.”
The Titans’ defense slowed Javon Harris, an Oklahoma commit. Harris carried 17 times for 109 yards but only had 27 in the first half.