OU football: Keith Ford, Sooners RBs run to 48-16 win over La. Tech

by Jason Kersey Modified: August 31, 2014 at 12:29 am •  Published: August 30, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma Sooners's Alex Ross (28) is credited with a score on this run during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooners's Alex Ross (28) is credited with a score on this run during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Oklahoma did what it was supposed to do in Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana Tech. The fourth-ranked Sooners took control from the start and routed overmatched Louisiana Tech 48-16 on Owen Field.

But perhaps the biggest question facing this team — which harbors legitimate national championship hopes — was this: Who would make plays in a backfield severely lacking in experience?

Keith Ford, Alex Ross and Samaje Perine took steps to answer that against the Bulldogs, combining for 33 carries, 164 yards and five touchdowns. Ford was also the team’s leading receiver Saturday, hauling in four receptions for 65 yards.

Perine, a true freshman, led the group with 13 rushes and 77 yards, and boldly proclaimed after the victory, “I think we are one of the strongest — if not the strongest — running back groups that’s ever come through Oklahoma.”

Let’s tap the breaks a little. This is the same program that produced runners like Adrian Peterson, Billy Sims, Joe Washington and Greg Pruitt. And the current crop was the least-experienced group of running backs entering any season of the 16-year Bob Stoops era.

Oklahoma’s running back situation seemed even more precarious after five-star freshman Joe Mixon — thought by many to be an Adrian Peterson-type talent — was lost before fall camp even started. Mixon is serving a year-long suspension while he faces a misdemeanor charge for allegedly punching a female OU student in a late-night confrontation last month.

Ross, a former Jenks standout, started Saturday’s game and caught a swing pass on OU’s first offensive snap, picking up 15 yards. He carried the ball on three of the Sooners’ next four snaps before giving way to Ford, a sophomore who rushed for a 22-yard touchdown on his first carry.

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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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