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.
But even with the improvement, the Sooners still have some work to do in defending the run.
“We're not fitting and positioning the run game the way it needs to be positioned,” Stoops said. “When you don't position right, they're gonna get yards. It's what's not good with us right now. They're creating these unbalanced formations and there's some movement that has to take place within your defense to get guys in position and we're not in position.”
SHEPARD JUKES HIS WAY TO TD
Sophomore wide receiver Sterling Shepard scored a flashy 49-yard touchdown earlier in the game, but his 10-yard touchdown catch from Blake Bell early in the third quarter was just as impressive.
After catching the ball near the sideline, Shepard moved outside, then inside, then back outside again before getting the block he needed to spring free for the score.
“I did (take a lot of time) but I remember he was going to block it inside so that's what I did — just tried to get back out,” Shepard said. “I like when we spit those little quick-game passes and get everything going.”
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY