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November 16, 2013

Saunders’ return shakes Sooners awake in rout

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NORMAN —

The Sooners were one-dimensional in every sense, but that one dimension was working at a very high level. OU planned to use Knight at some point in the game. He entered for a couple plays in last Thursday’s loss to Baylor. But it was in a limited package.

How much OU did outside of that is a coaches’ secret, but the running game found another gear with Knight at the helm. He only threw for 61 yards, but he never came close to turning the ball over, which was what cost him the job after two games.

“Anytime you go into a ballgame — that’s why veterans play so well because they’ve been through it so many times, they’ve seen every look. So every time you play, you get a little more comfortable out there,” Knight said. “I felt a lot more comfortable today, still pressed a little bit but overall a lot more comfortable than in the first two games.”

By the fourth quarter, things were going so well OU actually gave Kendal Thompson his first game action. The sophomore engineered an eight-play, 90-yard scoring drive.

It was mop-up duty, but impressive nonetheless.

“I thought Trevor came in and did an excellent job of being ready for the moment, executing and reading the zone read and some of those plays that we went to. And Kendal came in at the end and also did a nice job,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Those guys, it’s exciting as a coach to see guys come in who haven’t played a ton and they’re ready for the moment and they take advantage of it and play well.”

Iowa State platooned its quarterbacks, too. Neither Grant Rohach or Sam Richardson experienced much success. Rohach threw for 179 yards on a 21-for-34 afternoon. But he was picked off twice. Richardson was 1 of 2 for nine yards, but he did have a 9-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.

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