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Roy Finch ready to step in for injured Dominique Whaley

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: October 29, 2011

/articleid/3618423/1/pictures/1548766">Photo - Oklahoma Sooners' Dominique Whaley (8) sits on the bench in a cast after bein injured on the first play of the game during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. in Manhattan, Kan. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman  ORG XMIT: KOD
Oklahoma Sooners' Dominique Whaley (8) sits on the bench in a cast after bein injured on the first play of the game during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. in Manhattan, Kan. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Regardless of how carries are divided, Finch will have a larger workload because of Whaley's injury. The first five games, Finch had only 10 carries.

Finch showed again Saturday he can be a difference maker. He even picked up a blitzing linebacker, a knock on his overall game earlier in the season.

“You play for moments like this, playing well on the road in a hostile environment,” Finch said. “I feel very confident.”

Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said the offensive staff will have to explore ways to get others involved, including Trey Millard, who had only one carry but showed he's not your normal fullback when he rambled 61 yards for a touchdown.

“We have to look at the overall scheme of things,” Norvell said. “That run at the end of the game showed how he's capable of doing some things. I was pleased with how our guys responded after Dom got hurt.”

Whaley, who was once a second-team back at NAIA Langston, rushed for 627 yards the first six games. He was one of the top rushers in the conference before missing last week's game.

While he was being carted off the field, his left leg in a boot, Whaley tapped his chest and pointed to his teammates on the far sideline.

“We have a lot of athletes at each position,” Finch said. “Losing Dom is a big loss. But I feel we will be OK and can continue to establish the running game like we did today.”

Finch's first test as the “starter” was a dominant win.

“I feel some people started having some doubt (in us),” Finch said. “We were the No. 3 team in the country and lost at home. That should never happen. After that game, I feel we fell off the radar a little bit. This was a good win for us.”


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