OU notebook: Offense adds Bell 'package'

by Michael Baldwin Published: October 29, 2011

The Sooners had touchdown drives of 80, 77, 62, 63, 68, 62, 67 and 72 yards.

“Coaches pushed all week to be in the right place at the right time,” said wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who had 14 catches for 171 yards. “We worked hard on areas we needed to improve on individually. That really paid off for us.”

COLVIN STARTS AT CORNERBACK

Aaron Colvin, moved to cornerback in the third quarter of last week's game, played the entire game Saturday at cornerback. Sam Proctor and Javon Harris played the majority of the game at safety. Tony Jefferson played the “Roy backer” (strongside linebacker).

Colvin is filling in for cornerback Jamell Fleming, who suffered a knee injury two weeks ago against Kansas and underwent arthroscopic surgery 11 days ago.

“We thought Jamell was going to play,” Venables said. “He practiced (Friday). We're really proud of Aaron and happy for us that we have a little depth there.”

INJURY UPDATE

All of OU's injured players returned except Fleming. Linebacker Tom Wort (concussion), defensive tackle Casey Walker (thumb) and Dominique Whaley (flu) all played, although Whaley suffered a season-ending broken ankle on the first play of the game.

“They're going to surgery (Sunday),” Stoops said. “They're saying they're going to have to put a pin in (his ankle). I'm sure that will be it for Dom for the year. I'm really sad for Dom. What a great young man. We'll miss him.”

HUNNICUTT HITS A 53-YARDER

Criticized after missing two field goals in last week's loss to Texas Tech, Michael Hunnicutt made his only field goal attempt Saturday, a 53-yarder on the final play of the first half that just cleared the crossbar.

The only negative was Hunnicutt had an extra point blocked by K-State's Raphael Guidry coming off the edge.

“I've been really pleased with Michael's overall play,” Stoops said. “He's only going to get better. He's comfortable. He's doing really well.”

Deep snapper Austin Woods was sidelined by an undisclosed injury. James Winchester, the deep snapper on punts, also snapped for field goals and extra points.

TIGHT ENDS HAVE A BIG DAY

Tight ends haven't been as involved in the passing game this season but had some big plays against K-State.

James Hanna hauled in a short pass and turned it into a 35-yard reception on OU's second possession of the second half. It set up the touchdown that turned the game into a rout. Backup tight end Trent Ratterree added a 12-yard touchdown catch.

GAME GETS CHIPPY

Kansas State fans booed following two third-quarter plays. After tackling KSU quarterback Collin Klein for a 2-yard loss, forcing a punt, OU defensive end Frank Alexander accidentally stepped on Klein's chest.

A few minutes later, on a kickoff, OU reserve linebacker Kellen Jones shoved K-State's Tyler Lockett after the return ended.

There were signs before kickoff the game might get chippy. Minutes before kickoff, a couple dozen players from both teams talked trash in the south end zone, eventually separated by coaches.


by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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