Monday, October 15, 2012
The Oklahoma 10: Week 7
By Jake Trotter
Each week, SoonerNation will rank Oklahoma’s top 10 performers of the season up to this point. The Sooners had plenty of impressive performers in a 63-21 win over Texas.
1. CB Aaron Colvin (Last week: No. 1): Colvin picked off a pass for the second week in a row, and blanketed Texas’ receivers all game.
2. FB Trey Millard (2): Millard showed what he’s capable of with the ball in his hands. He came up with the longest OU reception in Red River Rivalry history, a 73-yard catch in which he hurdled a Texas defender to set up OU’s fourth touchdown. Millard finished with a career-high 119 receiving yards and a touchdown on five catches. He also rushed for 45 yards.
3. S Tony Jefferson (3): Jefferson improved his NFL Draft stock with a Red River defensive outing reminiscent of Roy Williams. Jefferson had a team-high seven tackles, including two for loss, and an interception. He was dominant.
4. RB Damien Williams (9): Williams had the best OU-Texas game for a running back since Adrian Peterson in 2004. Williams rushed for 167 yards on 22 carries, including a 95-yarder that was the longest OU run in Red River history. There’s no doubt who the bell-cow is in the backfield.
5. QB Landry Jones (4): Jones has had his up-and-downs, but only three other quarterbacks can claim a 3-0 record against Texas as a starter. Jones also became the winningest QB in OU history with 33 victories.
6. QB Blake Bell (NR): Bell was unstoppable in the Belldozer formation, and set the tone on the first drive with several impressive runs, including his eight-yard touchdown dash in which he stiff-armed a Texas defender. He had four touchdowns in the first half alone. Not bad for a backup QB.
7. WR Kenny Stills (5): Stills became the sixth OU receiver to go over 2,000 receiving yards. But his devastating block that sprung Williams loose on the 95-yard touchdown is what OU fans will remember about him from this game.
8. DT David King (6): King had a sack and helped establish the attitude up front for a Sooners defense that dominated the line of scrimmage. Texas RBs Johnathan Gray and Joe Bergeron had just 17 yards rushing on 12 carries.
9. C Gabe Ikard (7) The OU offensive line obliterated Texas and rushed for 343 yards. Ikard was a big reason why.
10. WR Justin Brown (NR): This is what the Sooners envisioned when they brought in the Penn State transfer. Brown finished with 73 yards and a touchdown on five receptions, and was physical after making the catch. With Brown, Stills, Sterling Shepard, Trey Metoyer and now Jalen Saunders, the Sooners have an imposing receiving corps.