OU 11: Game 11

RB Perine tops the list with his blocking buddies not too far behind

In victory, everybody looks good. In a loss, everybody looks bad. Each week Sooners Illustrated will rank the top 11 players from Oklahoma’s past week’s performance.

Players are assigned a point value equal to the rating given by Bob and Justin. (Top player on either list gets 11 points, 11th player gets 1). That makes for a maximum of 22 points.

Here’s the OU 11 for Game 11:

1. Samaje Perine – (22 points): Perine’s day has been charted enough. Let’s just say that if this was an NCAA 11, he’d be the unanimous choice at the top, too.

2. Aaron Ripkowski – (20 points): Ripkowski proves his worth more and more every game, and he’s probably playing his way to being drafted and earning a living making other men fall down. He had a beautiful one-handed catch in a driving rain storm, when no one else could keep their hands on the ball. He’s a mauler and a man-child.

T3. Daryl Williams – (18 points): Oklahoma rushed for 510 yards on Saturday, matching the highest rushing total in the Bob Stoops era. Williams had a lot to do with that.

T3. Tyrus Thompson – (18 points): Perine became the first player in FBS history to run for 200 yards in both the first and second half. Thompson had a lot to do with that.

T3. Ty Darlington – (18 points): Perine became the first Sooner to rush for more than 300 yards in a game and rushed for the most yards in Oklahoma history, eclipsing the mark of 294 set by Greg Pruitt by 133 yards. Darlington had a lot to do with that.

T3. Nila Kasitati – (18 points): Perine set a new career-high with five touchdowns, each of which came from more than 25 yards away, becoming the fifth player in OU history to reach that total. Most of those scores came without so much as a Kansas hand grazing the running back’s jersey. Kasitati had a lot to do with that.

T3. Adam Shead – (18 points): Shead had a lot to do with it, too.

8. Eric Striker – (8 points): Striker continues to climb up the all-time sacks’ list at Oklahoma. He had just half a sack against Kansas, but he moved into second place all-time. He needs just another half sack to tie Rocky Calmus at 14 for the record.

9. Jordan Phillips – (6 points): Although he wasn’t happy with his play Monday, Phillips was disruptive early and kept the Jayhawks off balance. He had four tackles and career-high two tackles for loss. Not sure what else he could have wanted.

10. Devante Bond – (2 points): In his first career start, Bond finished second on the team in tackles with six. He was strong in run support, even though he missed one or two tackles, and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops pointed out how dynamic the JuCo transfer was in pass rush.

11. Dimitri Flowers – (2 points): With tight end Blake Bell on the bench, it was Dimitri Flowers who was primarily called upon to fill the void. While he doesn’t have the stature of Bell or the ruthlessness of Ripkowski, Flowers played a significant role in Perine’s big day – just not as big of a role as others.

Honorable mention: Steven Parker


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