Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon helps spark early surge

Early touches get Mixon involved quickly in Sooners' attack

Through the first five games of the season, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon had to wait on the bench early – watching Samaje Perine  start and routinely hearing his name called after Daniel Brooks.

It never seemed to bother Mixon, who is still called one of Oklahoma’s best teammates by his teammates and coaches. It just seemed to stall Oklahoma on offense, where the Sooners have gotten off to multiple slow starts, when Mixon wasn’t in the game.

Oklahoma sure didn’t start slow against Kansas State, scoring 42 points before it touched the ball on offense for the first time after halftime.

Mixon, who got his first touch on the second series of the game, played a major role in that – setting career-highs with 18 touches and 73 rushing yards.

“He sparked us some early,” Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. “He opened up some things for other people. Obviously, he has a good skill set that we’ll continue to use.”

He also led Oklahoma in all-purpose yards. Mixon again acted as Oklahoma’s closer, carrying the ball eight times on his final drive – the first of the fourth quarter and Oklahoma’s final scoring drive.

“He is one of our good weapons,” Riley said. “We want to use him like a lot of these other guys.”

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