“I guess you could say he was looking for me, but I was just really able to get open,” said Saunders, who finished with 153 receiving yards. “That’s our job is being able to get open, and I think we were doing a really good job of that.”
The “chunk plays” Bell and Saunders connected for were what’s been absent from the offense in the last three games.
“We just have to keep trying to find opportunities for him to get those chunks,” Stoops said of Saunders. “He’s a great receiver, great quickness, great route runner and we just have to keep finding his spots.”
They’re going to be there. OU’s running game will face some tweaks over the next week. Losing fullback Trey Millard to a season-ending knee injury will affect OU’s running ability. Millard showed he can do many things with the ball. Above all else he was a dominating blocker — especially when OU ran off tackle.
How it goes about game planning around his absence will be interesting. What’s worked best of late was putting two receivers on the field, one running and having Millard and fullback Aaron Ripkowski playing either fullback or tight end.
Tight end Brannon Green replaced Millard after the injury and the offense was still effective.
As long as it stays that way, the Sooners have finally found what they’ve been looking for.
“Our offense was very run-heavy. I thought we had some really good matchups,” center Gabe Ikard said. “We had them outsized in some positions because they’re built for a spread offense.”
Everyone else OU plays in the regular season is built the same way.
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