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October 16, 2012

From famine to feast

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops hands out game balls after victories. They usually go to a handful of players. After the 63-21 victory over Texas, he didn’t have enough to go around.

“I was looking for some,” he said. “We give a player of the game in our locker room every week, or we have one or two or three. I gave the whole defense player of the game and the whole offense (player of game). They all did things. Like on Damien Williams’ great long run, look at Kenny Stills hustling and Justin Brown blocking down field. Justin Brown blocking for Trey after he catches a short pass and is going down the sideline. That’s how it all kind of works together. Really, it was a team deal.”

Best day ever: Oklahoma fullback Trey Millard averaged 18.9 all-purpose yards per game in the first 31 career games, which made 164 yards he had in the victory over Texas show surprising.

Millard — who played fullback at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Mo., and came to OU because it was one of the few schools that still used the position — said it was probably the most yards he’s ever had in a game.

“It’s probably the best game of my career, I think, so far,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to get it against Texas.”

Simple works best: Kansas coach Charlie Weis said on Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference that OU’s defensive scheme isn’t complex.

“It’s interesting to watch a team that just lines up and plays,” Weis said. “So many different defenses are gadgets and gimmicks and pressures on every down and stunts. These guys just line up and try to rough you up.”

Stoops said Weis’ assessment is on the money.

“We’ve never had the philosophy to blitz and stunt into stopping the run or being a great defense. We’re just doing better, overall, obviously,” he said. “We are more simple, so there’s less chance to blow it ourselves. We haven’t had those issues. In that way, it’s different. As far as philosophy goes, it’s never been our philosophy to trick or stunt to be really good.”

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