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October 10, 2012

Embracing change, Sooners turn doubt into hope

NORMAN — Maybe the biggest reason why Oklahoma’s performance at Texas Tech seemed so astonishing was, well, it was so astonishing.

It was more than the fact Landry Jones played so well. And it was more than the fact the Sooner defense played so well. And it was more than the fact Damien Williams ran the ball 14 times, 12 more times than Dom Whaley, the next tailback on the list (who is still ahead of Williams on the Sooner depth chart, but don’t read anything into that; probably an oversight), like somebody’d actually made a decision.

Because somebody had to create a game plan that melded so well with the quarterback. And somebody had to make the right defensive calls. And somebody had to choose to go with Williams, not just on the ground but through the air. Ditto for the increased workload for fullback Trey Millard, who carried four times and caught two passes.

Bob Stoops tried hard to be a stick in the mud on the subject of OU’s offensive changes Monday, refusing to say if they were designed with the Red Raiders or his Sooners most in mind.

Then, he gave himself away.

Asked if keeping Jones upright against Texas on Saturday was “Job One,” he said, “Sure. And running the ball.”

And as advanced Stoopsologists know, the throwaway afterthought line — “and running the ball” — is the same thing as a political gaffe: the mistake of unwittingly telling the truth.

Still, greater proof lies with Jones, whose honesty behind the microphone this season continues to be so refreshing.

“I was really excited,” the OU quarterback said of the moment he received offensive coordinator Josh Heupel’s plan. “I felt like that was a great game plan for us. I liked the way we used Trey (Millard), I liked the way we were switching up formations … Just really excited about it.”

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