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Sooners spice up the playbook in 45-7 victory over Tech

Against Texas Tech, the Sooners rectified everything they were criticized for in their loss at A&M.
By JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: November 14, 2010 at 7:07 am •  Published: November 13, 2010
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NORMAN — The first play of Saturday's game, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones heaved a play-action pass downfield to Kenny Stills.

The pass, resulting in defensive pass interference, sent Texas Tech an early message.

OU's offense wasn't going to be passive this game.

One week after being shut out three of four quarters, the Sooners showed they still boast enough firepower to score with the Big 12's best offenses.

It's just a matter of putting it all together on the road, too.

Propelled by creative play-calling and a bevy of big plays, the Sooners ran Tech right out of Owen Field, jumping to a 31-point halftime lead, then cruising to the 45-7 victory.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson “had a great game plan for us,” said running back DeMarco Murray. “He found out ways to get the ball to us in different ways and put us in great positions to make plays."

Everything Wilson and the Sooner offense was criticized for in last week's loss at Texas A&M, they rectified against Tech.

They established the run. They connected off play-action downfield. They scored on big plays. They scored in the red zone.

They avoided leaning on the bubble screens. They gave the ball to dynamic freshman running back Roy Finch. They played Finch and Murray at the same time.

They even unveiled the Wildcat.

“When you don't win, criticism, that's going to come,” coach Bob Stoops said. “(The offensive staff) had a good plan, but if we convert a few fourth downs a week ago, or we don't drop the football or we have the bombs completed that we had, no one is talking about it.”

There was nothing to criticize about Saturday's performance, from the opening play on.

And that first drive underscored how the Sooners spiced up the playbook.

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