WACO, Texas â€” Oklahoma stole a wrinkle out of Oklahoma State's playbook Saturday night, introducing the diamond backfield into its offensive arsenal.
A formation that got tailbacks DeMarco Murray and Roy Finch and fullback Trey Millard on the field at the same time.
A formation that produced three of OU's first four touchdowns.
But a formation that may be lacking a key component next weekend for Bedlam.
Clouding OU's resounding 53-24 rout of Baylor was a fourth-quarter injury to Finch, who went helmet-to-helmet with Bears safety Ahmad Dixon. Finch immediately lost control of the ball, pushed his helmet off his head and lay on the turf for several minutes before being helped off the field by the training staff.
â€œThey say he got knocked out,â€ said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. â€œTalking to one of the doctors, (he) didn't think it was bad. I don't know if it'll be a prolonged deal. It didn't sound bad. But again, come Monday, Tuesday, we'll see.â€
Coach Bob Stoops said after the game he was â€œunsureâ€ of Finch's status next week.
But in contrast to Brennan Clay, who had to be carried off the field on a stretcher after suffering a concussion earlier this season, Finch was not being attended to after the game. Instead, he was high-fiving OU fans in the stands on his way to the locker room, a good omen.
Whether OU's dynamic freshman running back will be available for Bedlam figures to be among the most compelling storylines of the week.
Because if he can go, the Sooners will have the diamond at their disposal. And be fully equipped to use one of the Cowboys' favorite offensive sets against them.
â€œOkie State's been doing it and looked good,â€ Wilson said. â€œSo we just added it, trying to take advantage of the two tailbacks and Trey.
â€œIt wasn't a huge part of the offense, but it had its spot.
Did it ever.
The diamond, which on most cases placed Murray behind quarterback Landry Jones, and Finch and Millard on either side and a couple steps in front of Murray, devastated the Bears.
The Sooners debuted it on their second offensive possession. The first play went to Murray for 4, the second to Finch for 3. Two plays later, Murray took the ball off-tackle, and with Finch unleashing a gorgeous block, carried the ball easily into the end zone.
After OU recovered a fumble on a punt return at the Baylor 8, it was Finch's turn. Jones faked the ball to Murray, then handed off to Finch the other way. Finch amazingly stayed off the turf with his left palm, then scooted in for the touchdown.
â€œKind of the same plays we do, just a different formation,â€ Wilson said. â€œJust trying to get some misdirection and some run game with it.â€
But OU wasn't done.
The Sooners came back to the diamond on their ensuing drive and unveiled yet another facet of the formation. Jones faked to Murray then raised up and delivered a strike to Ryan Broyles on a slant rout for a 5-yard touchdown, giving OU a commanding 28-7 lead early in the second quarter.
â€œJust trying to use our talented guys,â€ Stoops said. â€œThose are all good players. Trying to mix up who's getting the ball. Our offensive staff added a wrinkle.
â€œWe try to be multiple and run things people haven't seen a lot of.â€
But whether OU can also run the diamond effectively in Stillwater now depends on Finch. And whether he'll be able to play.