But they both turned into tackling dummies in the second half. The Sooners registered five sacks with four coming in the second half.
“We played good, but we could have done better. We picked it up after the beginning,” said OU linebacker Frank Shannon, who recorded two of the sacks. “It was early in the morning and everyone was still sluggish. But by the time we got it rolling, everything was pretty good.”
The Sooners, who were playing their final home game Saturday, left Owen Field with the sense they had built some momentum. They’ll need it heading into next Saturday’s game at Kansas State.
Stoops wouldn’t say whether he thought Bell would be available for that game or whether the offensive explosion OU experienced with Knight at quarterback was enough to give him the job once more.
Besides, the one play that changed the complexion of Saturday’s game didn’t involve OU’s quarterback. Knight had already played a full quarter when Saunders went back to field the punt with 89 seconds left in the first half.
Typically when an opponent is kicking the ball on a fourth-and-six from midfield, OU just leaves its defense on the field. It doesn’t want to be susceptible to a fake. Stoops took a gamble.
“I felt if they had a fake dialed up with a minute-something to go that that wouldn’t be a good option for them. I took the chance,” he said.
It worked, and just about everything that followed did for OU as well.
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