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Sooners roll up 250-plus rushing yards with winds howling in Norman

OU GROUND ATTACK — With winds blowing at 35 mph, the OU football team turned to its ground game in a dominating win over Iowa State. The Sooners rolled up 250-plus rushing yards, split between Roy Finch, Brandon Williams, Brennan Clay and Trey Franks.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: November 26, 2011
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How much of that can be attributed to cold, windy conditions? How much could be attributed to no Ryan Broyles, no Jaz Reynolds?

“I think it was the weather,” said wide receiver Kenny Stills. “That's why we went more with underneath routes.”

Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said quarterback Landry Jones handled the adverse conditions better than he expected.

“It was tough out there,” Heupel said. “Landry really got us going in the second quarter when we were going into the wind. We opened up with a skinny throw and he drives it (to Dejuan Miller). He really got us going on that entire drive... When he's going well, we typically are going well, too. ”

Jones completed a season-low 14 passes to wide receivers. Part of that was due to the Sooners playing without Broyles, out with a season-ending knee injury, and Reynolds, suspended for violation of team rules.

“It's kind of the way it's been all year,” Heupel said. “We've had guys in and out. Kenny missed a few games early in the year. Guys get dinged up.

“It was really good to see Dejuan Miller step up and play the way think he's capable of playing. It could be similar to last year with Cam Kenney, a senior, finished strong down the stretch.”

Miller led the Sooners with seven catches for 86 yards. Stills had five catches for 70 yards. Freshman Kameel Jackson hauled in two receptions but also had a pass glance off his hands for an interception.

“Today, we were more short passing game, move the chains,” Miller said. “We really didn't take that many shots down the field. The winds were really bad. The wind was swirling. Coach (Heupel) had to adjust his play calling. The short passing game (and running game) worked well for us.”