It was a bit like watching the movie Friday Night Lights. With not much time left, Damien Williams suffered an ankle injury last week against Notre Dame. It didn’t keep him from playing in the Iowa State game, but this was not the same Williams who broke off a 95-yard touchdown run against Texas.
However, much like Permian’s Chris Comer, Brennan Clay rose to the occasion. At first, it was like “was that our Clay?”, but 157 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown later, Clay had OU fans taking a huge sigh of relief.
Of course Oklahoma wants Damien Williams to get back to full health, but Clay is a serviceable fallback plan for the OU rushing game. Granted it is Iowa State, Clay should be feeling extremely confident following a career-day for the junior.
Williams only received three reps, while Clay received a career-high 24. With the games becoming even more important as OU still has a shot at a decent bowl game, should Sooner fans feel comfortable with Clay?
Well, Oklahoma does get two weeks of poor defenses in Baylor and West Virginia. So Oklahoma’s run game could be in good shape.
The big takeaway from Clay’s career-high 157 rushing yards is that the Sooners have depth at running back. Or at leaset more depth than we thought. Whatever Dominique Whaley did to Bob Stoops is still unknown, but Brennan Clay is a solid option as the back-up to Williams.