Junior cornerback Dakota Austin is seeing playing time while Redshirt Junior Zack Sanchez continues to sit out due to an injury.
Austin is seeing praise from his defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and his teammates Safety Steven Parker and Linebacker Eric Striker.
Austin has not had a lot of field time during games but was able to practice during spring and summer ball.
Austin had an interception against Texas Tech, and has a career high of 11 tackles this season.
The Oklahoma defense is riding high at midseason, right where we need them to be.
After shutting out Kansas State two weeks ago and containing a top five Texas Tech offense last week, The Sooners quietly have one of the best defenses not only in the Big 12 but in the nation.
That success can be largely created to both the talent and the depth for Mike Stoops’ squad. The unit’s depth will be tested in the coming weeks with Cornerback Zach Sanchez out on the injured list.
It was the running game that came alive in this one as the Sooners rush for a season high of 405 yards. Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, Samaje Perine rushed for over two hundred yards and four touchdowns. Once he got going, there was not stopping him.
Freshman Joe Mixon had his best game of the season as well, rushing for over 150 yards and two touchdowns, he was able to show off his impressive speed and agility.
Sophomore RB Samaje Perine spoke at the press conference Monday post-Texas Tech matchup and said the offensive line did its job Saturday afternoon.
Perine said he and RB Joe Mixon were able to find holes easily, with adjustments here and there, in order to find the end zone.
Perine said the Sooners “just did a great job”.
The Sooners were able to bring out their running game this past weekend, accumulating 405 rushing yards.
QB Baker Mayfield said his teammate, tight end Mark Andrews is a red-zone threat for Oklahoma this season because he can run like a receiver but has size on his side.
Andrews thanks his coaches and his teammates for the opportunities to play a vital role for the team during game time.
He also mentions he is confident in his ability on the field.
Head Coach Bob Stoops said Andrews is being used in a variety of ways this season.
Andrews said he is grateful for his opportunities that have been presented to him during the season. Andrews has five touchdowns this season with ten catches.
The use of a tight end is a new strategy for the Sooners, since Andrews is one of the strongest TE’s Oklahoma has seen in recent years.
You couldn’t blame running back Samaje Perine for having dreams of another record setting day against Kansas in Lawrence this Saturday.
After all, a year ago the then-freshman ran over, around and through the Jayhawks defense for an NCAA best-ever 427 yards on the ground. The final 44 came on this carry early in the fourth quarter.
Perine and Head Coach Bob Stoops knows he had plenty of help from his offensive line– something the star back doesn’t take for granted.
This time last year, Perine broke Melvin Gordon’s record. Wisconsin RB had broken it the week previous to Perine breaking his record.
The Sooners travel to Lawrence this weekend to face the Jayhawks. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.
Head Coach Bob Stoops is 10-0 when facing the Jayhawks in Big 12 play.
The Sooners are fourth in Big 12 Play. Oklahoma is 6-1.