Ikard gave Cooper and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh credit for different blocking schemes this week, helping the Sooners run for more than 200 yards after rushing for just 15 a year ago against the Irish.
“Using things he's taught me, I've become a lot better player,” Ikard said.
With Notre Dame's offense, the Sooners used four linebackers, more than they have early in the season, opening opportunities for freshman Dominique Alexander.
Alexander saw extensive playing time and finished with four tackles, the second-most for the linebackers.
“He learned a couple of tough lessons today,” linebackers coach Tim Kish said. “He has some growing up to do, but I thought he played his heart out. We've just got to keep getting him better down the road.”
“If we're going to beat Oklahoma at Oklahoma, we have to play a lot better than we did today.”
TCU coach Gary Patterson after his team's 48-17 win over SMU. The Horned Frogs play at OU at 6 p.m. Saturday.