Knight is the answer…for now
No idea if redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight is the guy for OU in 2014, but he is certainly the guy for the last three games of 2013.
Knight isn't a smooth passer yet, but his added dimension in the run game is going to keep defenses off balance the rest of the season.
It looked like Knight lost his job because of injury earlier in the season and it should happen again after the injury to quarterback Blake Bell.
Knight rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown in the victory and had this to say about the second half:
"At halftime we talked about going out there and having fun and playing like we have and like we did when we were little kids," Knight said. "When you make big plays you have fun, but you're making big plays because you're having fun. It was good stuff."
Thompson makes most of limited opportunity
There was no doubt it felt like sophomore quarterback Kendal Thompson was going to get his shot in the fourth quarter. He did and did everything he could with it.
Thompson orchestrated an eight-play, 90-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown pass to Aaron Ripkowski for the game's final score.
He showed his arm on a 44-yard strike to LaColtan Bester and his legs on a couple of runs. He finished 2 of 4 for 47 yards and rushed twice for 21 yards.
"It was (good). I have wanted to and everybody has wanted to get him more opportunities," OU coach Bob Stoops said. "I was pleased to get him in."
Calculated risk pays off
It's not that Jalen Saunders has lost any of his explosiveness, but the Sooners haven't put on the return all too often during the last several games.
OU decided to dial up a return late in the first half, which resulted in a 91-yard punt return touchdown for Saunders.
It didn't happen by accident.
"I definitely had a feel that since they had a chance to outkick the coverage with the wind and it was fourth-and-long enough that I felt if they had a fake dialed up with only a minute and something to go that it wouldn't be a good option for them," Stoops said. "So I took the chance and Coach Jay Boulware that I wanted to return it to give him a chance. Fortunately, it worked."
Stoops ties Switzer
Stoops still doesn't really want to talk about it, but he tied legendary OU coach Barry Switzer with the win Saturday to give them both 157 all-time wins for the Sooners.
"Coach Stoops is a great coach, and I love playing under him," Knight said. "That's a big accomplishment, and after the game everyone was excited for him."
Stoops will have three chances to pass Switzer this season, starting next weekend at Kansas State.
Young guys see time
It's what you need in these types of games, and it's what OU got in terms of getting some young guys a shot, especially on defense.
Freshman safety Ahmad Thomas finished with six tackles. Dakota Austin had two tackles and an interception. Stanvon Taylor saw time at cornerback. Regulars like Dominique Alexander and Matt Dimon continued to contribute.
Redshirt freshman running back Alex Ross saw his first carry since the first game of the season with two rushes for 11 yards.
Biggest hit of the game
The biggest hit didn't come from a player but from state trooper Brian Orr in the second half. During a media timeout, a fan walked onto the field when Orr blindsided him and took him out.
"I'm surprised he didn't get called for targeting," joked Stoops after the game. "The official and I were having a chuckle about that. I wouldn't want to be tackled by him after that."
OU rushed for 405 yards, but senior center Gabe Ikard called that the most memorable moment he has seen on the football field.
"I'll forget that we rushed for 405 yards sooner than I'll forget that hit," Ikard said.