OU seniors go out in style

The seniors came through in a major way for OU in the second half of its 48-10 win against Iowa State.

NORMAN, Okla. – This wasn't supposed to be the scene. This wasn't how Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard envisioned his senior day.

At least for a quarter anyway. The Sooners came out shaky before righting their ship in a 48-10 victory against Iowa State on Saturday afternoon.

Iowa State held a 10-3 lead midway through the second quarter before OU ran off 45 unanswered points to close the game.

"Anytime you rush for 400 yards, it's a good day," Ikard said. "That second half we showed everybody what this team can be."

What the team brought was a different look. An injury to quarterback Blake Bell put Trevor Knight back into the fire, and he responded in a big way.

When it was all said and done, OU rushed 44 times for 405 yards after only having 66 rushing yards in the first half.

The Sooners almost had three players rush for more than 100 yards. Senior Damien Williams led the way with 128 yards on 10 carries and two scores. Knight added 123 yards on 10 carries, while senior Brennan Clay had 86 yards on seven attempts.

A fitting way to go out for the senior running backs.

"It's my last game at home," Clay said. "I'm going to miss it. It's been a blessing to play for this program. It was good that we went out and showed out and had a great game."

The second half let the seniors show what they can do. Williams got it started with a 69-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the third quarter. Clay added his own 63-yard touchdown run later in the quarter.

"When you see a hole that big, you just want to get the ball and hit it as hard as you can," Williams said. "It was a great way to go out."

Senior day had a different feel this year. Team captains Corey Nelson, Trey Millard and Aaron Colvin all didn't play for their final game, but wide receiver Jalen Saunders was able to make his senior memory on a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the first half.

"That gave us a lot of momentum," co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. "It's amazing how just a little bit of that can change everything."

OU totaled 523 yards of offense, averaging 7.8 yards per play that includes an incredible 9.2 yards per rush. That's something an offensive lineman can appreciate, and that's the way Ikard and senior offensive guard Bronson Irwin want to go out.

"This is my favorite place to be, and it's always going to be my favorite place to be," Ikard said "I'm glad we were able to put that second half together and make that the last memory."

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