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Sooners discover new ‘power' duo of Trey Millard, Dominique Whaley

On a night the Oklahoma football team needed a little power running game, the Sooners turned to walk-on running back Dominique Whaley and punishing fullback Trey Millard.
BY JENNI CARLSON Published: September 25, 2011

Even though Oklahoma leaned on its dynamic duo to stem an early tide Saturday night, it may have discovered a new combo.

A power couple of sorts.

Dominique Whaley and Trey Millard ran over Missouri at a point in the third quarter when the Tigers still had life. The Sooners popped ‘em, rocked ‘em and socked ‘em.

On a night when the Sooners won 38-28 and avenged a loss last year in Columbia, they turned to Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles after the Tigers got out to an early lead. But a year after the Sooners had trouble scoring when they needed points against the Tigers, OU might have discovered a couple guys who can help them in a bind.

Whaley and Millard give them a power game that was missing a season ago.

“Dom was running hard tonight,” offensive lineman Gabe Ikard said. “You can tell how hard he runs, runs with purpose. He was breaking tackles, which is something that we need.

“Trey had limited touches, but when he got it, you could tell he's an explosive player.”

Ikard nodded his head.

“Having those two power backs that can run hard and fast is definitely a perk.”

One five-minute stretch in the third quarter told you that.

With OU holding a 10-point lead, the Sooners moved the ball near midfield and handed it to Millard on first down. He headed left toward the sideline where Tiger defender Matt White awaited him.

“The guy was comin', tryin' to hit me,” Millard said, “so, I hit him back.”

Did he ever.

Millard hit White so hard that his feet flew out from under him and he landed on his back.

“I thought Trey knocked that kid out,” Ikard said, eyebrow raised.

A few minutes later, Whaley showed his own power. His number was called on three straight possessions, the second of which was a pass from Jones. Whaley snagged it near the sideline, and to avoid going out of bounds, he took a couple one-legged hops before picking up a few more yards.

He scored on the next play.

Three plays, 28 yards.

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