Wildcat formation could evolve for OU

Sooners utilized special formation for late scores but could pass out of it.

Oklahoma fans had been clamoring to get Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine in the backfield together. They’d seen the pair in two-back sets but got a bigger taste with a special Wildcat package that the Sooners’ used in the fourth quarter.

Needing a spark late, Oklahoma split quarterback Baker Mayfield out wide with Joe Mixon lined up behind center and Samaje Perine to his right.

The Sooners ran it four times on the final two drives of regulation.

“We were gonna run that,” Perine said. “It was just a matter of time.”

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops joked Monday that Mixon needs to be a little less selfish in the future with the play.

“He could have given it a couple,” Stoops said. “If he gave it the next tiem to Smaaje, I don’t knoe about a walk-in, but it would have been pretty close to that. I guess he couldn’t take it anymore. He wanted to take it.”

Stoops also said that there’s a possibility that Oklahoma could throw the ball out of that formation in the future if the pass isn’t covered.

“(Mixon has) great hands back there and can make good decisions, usually,” Stoops said. “He’s really good with the ball.”


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