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By Travis Haney, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: September 20, 2011
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STOOPS INSISTS FINCH NOT IN DOGHOUSE, WILL PLAY

After receiving no touches, catches or carries, in the Florida State game, sophomore Roy Finch is presumed to be in some sort of doghouse with the coaching staff. Stoops, though, said Tuesday that is not the case.

He said Clay and Dominique Whaley have been good more than Finch, the team's second-leading rusher a year ago, has been bad.

“Other guys are doing some things we really like right now,” Stoops said, “but Roy is going to play.”

Stoops did say that Finch cost the Sooners a timeout Saturday when he was not ready to check into the game when called upon. But Stoops said he did not and would not hold that against him.

“People make mistakes,” he said. “You yell at them and then it's over.”

BROYLES TURNS IN SICK PERFORMANCE AT FSU

All-America receiver Ryan Broyles was downright sick at Florida State. Like, sick in a bad way.

He woke up Saturday feeling puny. That had not changed by kickoff, but he had two IV treatments before the game, one more at halftime and he got through it.

“I wasn't going to let that stop me from playing,” he said. “I just got out there and played.”

Stoops added Broyles would have had to be in a hospital bed not to play against the Seminoles.

Broyles still caught seven passes for 55 yards, including a huge 22-yard, third-down reception on the game-winning touchdown drive.

The cause? As best he could tell, eating fish Friday night. You would think fish in Florida would be a safe call.

BIG CROWD IN TALLAHASSEE, TUNING IN AT HOME

ESPN officials said Monday the OU-FSU game drew 9.3 million viewers, more than any Saturday night game since the 2009 Big 12 title game between Nebraska and Texas.

The viewing audience for the game was larger than the first three weeks combined for ABC's Saturday night telecasts.

There were a lot of folks at Doak Campbell Stadium, too. It was a stadium-record of 84,392 fans.