NORMAN — On a day DeMarco Murray broke Oklahoma’s record for career touchdowns, it would be easy to get overshadowed. That’s especially true when you are a freshman who hasn’t seen the field since the summer.
However, in-between the fireworks that lit up the sky after every Murray touchdown, Roy Finch made his season debut for the Sooners Saturday against Iowa State. The frosh had been sidelined with a hairline fracture in his ankle since August and he was ready to test it out.
“When I came back from the injury, that week leading up to this game, I just came out with a mindset of me not worrying about the injury and just coming out going full speed,” Finch said. “And that’s what I did.”
Finch ended the night with 93 rushing yards on 16 carries. Both totals were second only to Murray, who accounted for 112 yards on 20 attempts.
But the numbers were secondary to Finch. After missing the first five games, he wanted to get out on the field with his teammates and contribute to what could be a special season for OU.
“Coach Gundy really didn’t tell me face-to-face,” Finch said. “He just gave me a lot of reps in practice. It was a gameday type of choice. I went out there ready to play. If I got my number called, I was ready to play.”
The Sooners have been getting stellar play from a large group of freshmen all season. Having to sit out and watch his fellow frosh was tough on the 18-year-old Finch, but he knew his opportunity was coming.
“It’s all patience,” Finch said. “I was really happy for all the freshmen out there making plays, because I knew my chance was going to come. I just believed in God, prayed every day and rehabbed. I really didn’t get discouraged or get down. I just waited for my time to come and I knew my time was going to come. And today, I got my chance.”