For the second consecutive week, short-yardage and goal-line situations will be emphasized in practice, thanks to a pair of in-game breakdowns at the goal line. The Sooners’ failure to convert against Brigham Young came early in the fourth quarter with a chance to take a commanding 17-7 lead. They settled for a field goal then, but went for it on fourth down against Idaho State, failing again after having a first-and-goal on the 2-yard line. "Our pad level was too high, and we stopped our feet,” said offensive line coach James Patton. "We’ll get a lot of work on that this week.” Although the failure against Idaho State was less costly, Patton said it coming after emphasizing that area was frustrating. "It wasn’t very positive,” Patton said of the speech he gave the line after getting stuffed. "It’s poor execution, it’s a poor mindset of what we need to do to get that ball across the goal line.”Comments
ELDRIDGE IMPRESSIVE AT TIGHT ENDBrody Eldridge moved back to tight end against Idaho State, and despite playing with a broken pinkie, his play hasn’t suffered, even with the position change. "He’s a strong character out there, and makes a difference wherever he’s playing,” coach Bob Stoops said. "He had another great game last week.” With senior tight end Jermaine Gresham out for the season, Stoops played Eldridge more at his original position. Against BYU, Eldridge made his first start at center, in place of Ben Habern. Habern got his first start against Idaho State, but Patton said Eldridge and Trent Williams are still getting time at center.
MULTIPLE OPTIONSAlthough Oklahoma has yet to find a consistent second target outside of Ryan Broyles, receivers coach Jay Norvell says doing so is "overrated,” and that making sure only one guy is in that role isn’t necessary. "I don’t know that we think that way offensively,” Norvell said. "We feel like we’ve got guys who can make plays.” Junior Brandon Caleb had four receptions against BYU but just one against Idaho State. Mossis Madu was the only receiver other than Broyles to have more than one catch against the Bengals. He caught two passes for 8 yards.
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