The Norman Transcript


November 17, 2013

OU offense gets infusion of life

NORMAN — Did Oklahoma catch lightning in a bottle Saturday or did it really find a solution to its stagnant offense in its 48-10 victory over Iowa State?

There’s a definite answer to the question. But having to turn to redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight certainly changed the complexion of OU’s offense.

It took a while, but the stretch OU went on in the second half that produced 38 points in a six-drive span was its best of the season.

“I thought our backs did a great job of finding the seams and fitting things on the second level with their linebackers. When you do that, you get explosive plays,” OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “When you can make people miss with both the quarterbacks and the running backs, it gives you the ability to make some big plays instead of just fours and fives (yard plays).”

OU rushed for 405 yards Saturday with 339 coming in the second half. A large chunk of that total came on three touchdown runs — 69 yards by Damien Williams on the second play of the third quarter, a 63-yard touchdown run by Brennan Clay late in the third quarter and Knight’s 56-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

They were all on plays OU has run many times this season. Blake Bell had run them many times. But the zone-read offense OU turned in the second half was as productive as the Sooners have been all year.

Does Knight get all the credit for it? Too early to tell.

OU coach Bob Stoops didn’t reveal what exact injury Bell suffered Saturday, but he did take an apparent hit to the side of the head from Iowa State linebacker Willie Scott early in the second quarter and left the game for good after fumbling a snap two plays later.

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