The Norman Transcript

November 12, 2012

Stuck where they are

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

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.”

It was the longest touchdown run by a quarterback during Stoops’ tenure as head coach. The last time a Sooner quarterback had a touchdown run longer than 55 yards was when Patrick Fletcher went 58 yards vs. TCU in 1998.

Another milestone for Stills: With his second reception of the game, Stills moved into fourth place on the Sooners’ all-time receiving list. He now has 2,317 yards. He moved past Malcolm Kelly (2005-07), who finished with 2,285 yards.

Jones continues climb: OU quarterback Landry Jones continued his rise in the NCAA record book.

With 277 passing yards, Landry Jones now ranks fourth in NCAA history with 15,069 passing yards, passing BYU’s Ty Detmer who had 15,031 yards.

With 267 yards of total offense, Jones now has 14,708 for his career to pass Boise State’s Kellen Moore and Detmer for 7th in NCAA history.

With two touchdowns passes, Jones surpassed Russell Wilson (North Carolina State and Wisconsin) for 10th in NCAA history with 111 touchdowns.

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