This and that: OU tidbits

There were some positives for OU against Kansas State.

Oklahoma will be glad to see Tyler Lockett graduate from Kansas State, but the Sooners finally got a handle on the wide receiver from Tulsa Booker T. Washington.

Lockett was sensational in the first half of KSU’s 31-30 victory in Norman, but cornerback Zack Sanchez put the clamps on him in the second half.

Sanchez said after the game Julian Wilson was playing with an injured ankle, which obviously hampered his ability to cover somebody as shifty as Lockett.

He had five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in the first half. But with Sanchez virtually being his shadow in the second half, Lockett only had one grab for 16 yards.

“Not until the game started and we kind of saw where Wilson’s ankle was and it was affecting him,” said Sanchez about following Lockett everywhere before the game. “I mentioned it to Coach Mike (Stoops) and obviously he went with it.”

Sanchez finished with three tackles and two pass breakups.

Offense wakes up

All the talk last week was about the ineptitude of the offense for the Sooners. That won’t be the talk of the town this week after OU accumulated 533 yards and its ninth consecutive game of scoring at least 30 points.

“We had a bunch of different guys getting open today,” quarterback Trevor Knight said. “Sterling continued to make extremely big plays. Durron with the touchdown. Michiah Quick over the middle. Blake had some great catches.”

Eight different receivers caught a pass for the Sooners, led by Shepard’s incredible 15-catch, 197-yard outing. Neal’s touchdown was the first receiving score for him at OU, while Bell registered his second touchdown this season and Quick caught the first two passes of his career.

No Rip alters plans

Beating Kansas State was going to be tough enough. Beating the Wildcats without bruising fullback Aaron Ripkowski for almost the entire game wasn’t going to make life any easier.

Ripkowski was ejected in the first quarter for targeting, taking away a physical presence for OU in its running game.

“He’s a big part of our offense, but we had guys step up into that role and they did a pretty good job,” freshman running back Samaje Perine said.

Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel declined to comment on the ejection, saying he’ll have to watch film and see for himself.

Thomas ready to roll

There’s no other way to know if your backup quarterback is ready than to have him enter the game. Cody Thomas had to do just that in the first quarter and helped orchestrate a touchdown drive in the first quarter.

Thomas was 2-of-2 for 17 yards with both completions going to Shepard, but his biggest play may have been taking a tough snap at the goal line and being poised enough to pick it up and earn a first down on the ground.

Knight was healthy the rest of the game, but Thomas’ performance is encouraging going forward and Bob Stoops was quick to point that out Monday.


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