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Samaje Perine lost in Sooners' offense

Running back had a season-low 10 carries in loss to Texas

Oklahoma Sooners offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said there were a lot of things that he would have done differently against Texas in the Red River Showdown – his first as offensive coordinator for the Sooners. 

Getting All-Big 12 running back Samaje Perine the ball more often has to be one of those things. Perine carried the ball just 10 times. It was his lowest total of the season and the fewest carries since a loss to Baylor.

“We want to keep him getting involved and keep finding ways to use him,” Riley said. “I think we will. It all has to be going well to do the things we want to do.”

On Monday, Perine didn’t waste a moment Monday to dispel any belief that he isn’t happy with his workload. 

“I feel like I'm getting the ball as much as I need to get the ball,” Perine said. “Of course, being a running back, you want to get the ball as much as possible but in this offense, I know my role now and that means I’m not going to get the ball as much as I would like, or people would like, to see. I’m OK with that. I’m just fulfilling my role.”

Perine is averaging 72.8 yards per game through the first five games this season. He averaged 131.7 yards per game last year, when he was named Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he would like to see the Sooners run the ball and be more productive in the ground game, which is ranked eighth in the Big 12 right now.

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“We're going to keep trying,” Stoops said.


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