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November 25, 2012

Jones continues to raise the bar

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NORMAN —

Record day for receiving trio: OU wide receivers Justin Brown, Jalen Saunders and Kenny Stills each finished with more than 100 receiving yards. Saunders led the way with 162 yards on 10 catches. Brown hauled in 15 balls for 146 to match the OU record for receptions in a game. Stills had nine grabs for 103.

It was the first time three OU receivers accomplished the feat in the same game.

In better shape: Stills said he had a real good feeling OU would win the game when the Cowboys called timeout with 2:38 left in regulation.

“The defense sounded like they were a little bit tired. They called a timeout late in the game and I could hear the coaches calling out, ‘Catch your breath, catch your breath.’” Stills said. “I figured they were a little bit tired.”

Audible called: Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said it wasn’t the initial plan to run off 6 minutes, 14 seconds on the Sooners’ touchdown drive to send the game to overtime.

“That was not necessarily what the plan was the first part of the drive, but, as it went on, that’s kind of the scenario that played out,” he said. “We felt that we had a chance to get a couple of runs in there and stay ahead of the chains and stay out of some third-and-long situations where they were dropping in and making it tough on us. Those guys did a great job of handling the clock, executing, shifting guys in and out. And, obviously, the timeouts we had at the end of the ballgame were important as well, allowing you to play a different style and stick a run in there.”

Determined run: Blake Bell only had three carries for eight yards. Half the yards came on his touchdown run at the end of regulation.

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