The Norman Transcript


November 12, 2012

Stuck where they are

NORMAN — There was substantial movement in the BCS standings and the two major polls on Sunday, but little of it affected Oklahoma.

Kansas State jumped up to No. 1 in the BCS standings after Alabama’s shocking loss to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Sooners remained at No. 12 in the BCS standings for the third straight week.

OU did move up one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 to No. 13. It climbed one spot to No. 12 in the USA Today coaches poll.

What did help the Sooners is they will likely play at least one ranked team over the final three games. Oklahoma State moved into the BCS standings at No. 24 on Sunday.

West Virginia, which was ranked No. 5 five weeks ago, is no longer ranked in any poll and neither is TCU.

Williams returns: Damien Williams showed no ill effects from the ankle injury he suffered two weeks ago in the victory over Baylor. Williams rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns and had two catches for 23 yards.

“It felt good to get off the sidelines,” he said. “I was getting better throughout the week, getting treatments three times a day, “ Williams said. “It was great to play again.”

Ball control: Getting Williams back was critical in keeping Baylor’s prolific offense off the field. The Sooners ran the ball 40 times and finished the day with a 5-minute, 10-second edge in time of possession.

“We were effective running and throwing the ball,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “The balance was positive.”

Bell breaks free: Blake Bell’s 55-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winning touchdown.

“It was fun,” Bell said. “The (offensive line) did a great job of picking up the linebackers. Bronson Irwin and (fullbacks) Trey Millard and Aaron Ripkowski and all those guys came through man-on-man and it just split.”

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