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OU looks ready to take on Texas after rout of Ball State

Travis Lewis and the OU football team turned in a performance Saturday that cured any lingering ailments from a not-so-pleasing win over Missouri. The Sooners were able to get right before Saturday's matchup with undefeated Texas.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: October 1, 2011

/articleid/3609724/1/pictures/1525913">Photo - Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (85) leaps for a touchdown past Ball State's Brian Jones (29) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Ball State Cardinals at Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 01, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (85) leaps for a touchdown past Ball State's Brian Jones (29) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Ball State Cardinals at Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 01, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Ryan Broyles and Jaz Reynolds both caught long touchdowns from Landry Jones, who had 425 passing yards and five touchdowns. Lewis then stripped Wenning, and Tom Wort took in a 22-yard fumble recovery to make it a 53-point lead early in the third quarter.

Michael Hunnicutt's second field goal of the night made it 62-6 with 13:42 left in the game, allowing the backups to get in and run around.

Well, the Sooners did have one remaining starter: Lewis. Still dealing with the broken toe in his left foot, he said he needed more reps – even in the blowout of a MAC school.

Lewis has not been able to practice much, even though he has played in the past three games. He expects to fully return this week to practice, which should be a boost for a team that had its preparation abilities called into question after lackluster workouts in advance of Missouri.

Stoops upped the physicality of practices Monday and Tuesday, according to several players. The result was a much more fine-tuned effort Saturday.

“They were aware that their entire week the week before wasn't as good as it has been,” Stoops said. “They came out this week and really had a lot of energy and focus in how they wanted to play.”

One Sooner, Broyles – who set the Big 12 record for career receptions – did acknowledge Missouri and Ball State are “two different levels of opponents.”

Still, the offense scored 60 points for the first time since 2009 while piling up 655 yards. The defense, miffed by allowing 532 yards the week before, held the Cardinals (3-2) to two field goals and 214 yards.

“It's what we expected to happen,” Ikard said. “It's what we needed to do. We needed to come out and have a good showing.”


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