The Oklahoma Sooners struggled early with the Kansas Jayhawks before their defense buckled down and controlled the final three quarters of the game to put away their Big 12 opponent, 34-19. While that score looks nice, it was not easy going for the Oklahoma offense. However, the defense played much better than expected without their star linebacker, despite early struggles to stop the run.
Here is a look at the Sooners players of the game for the Oklahoma vs. Kansas matchup.
Heading into the 2013 season, Jalen Saunders was supposed to be the star running back and coaches were high on Trey Metoyer. With Metoyer off the team, Sterling Shepard has stepped up and proven that he is the playmaker on this offensive unit. The second generation star had seven receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns in the game, one from Blake Bell and one on a reverse trick play from Lacoltan Bester.
Sooners Running Attack
Sure, this isn’t a player, but the Sooners’ running backfield worked in unison this game, everyone chipping in and each player doing their part to help the Sooners control the clock and win this game. Damien Williams led the way with 15 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Blake Bell started to run the ball more as well, with 53 yards on 10 carries.
It looked like the star of the game was going to be rookie Keith Ford, who had 19 yards on three carries, but after a fumble, he was sent back to the bench. Someone else getting less playing time lately is Brennan Clay. After starting the season on fire, he has played less and less and only had six carries for 20 yards in this game. Always explosive Roy Finch does what he can with his little touches, running for 53 yards on seven carries.
Together, the Sooners running attack combined for 235 rushing yards.