OU football notebook: 'It hit me right in the face mask'

True freshman defensive end Matt Dimon made the biggest play of his young college career in Saturday's 34-19 win over Kansas.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 20, 2013

True freshman defensive end Matt Dimon made the biggest play of his young college career in Saturday's 34-19 win over Kansas.

Dimon broke through to block Trevor Pardula's punt late in the second quarter. Pardula scrambled back into the end zone and kicked the ball out of bounds for the safety.

“The first punt block we ran or tried to run, they shaved my arm and I was confident I would get one,” Dimon said. “It's a funny play because it hit me right in the face mask. I didn't block it with my hand. I actually had the skid mark on my helmet from where it hit. I thought it was a good momentum changer.”

With the Sooners using more of a four-man front against Kansas' running attack and the recent injuries along the defensive line, Dimon played quite a bit on defense, entering the game early.

He finished with two tackles.

MIKE STOOPS STILL CONCERNED WITH RUN DEFENSE

Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was understandably upset with OU's run defense after Kansas gashed the Sooners early with a steady dose of James Sims and Darrian Miller.

Oklahoma settled down after the first quarter and a half, holding the Jayhawks to just one second-half first down.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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