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Kansas State at Oklahoma

6:50 p.m. n Owen Field n KOKH-25 n KOKC-AM 1520

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THE VIEW

Calling greatness This team has no proven catalyst … at least not yet

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t’s an exciting day, clearly. Oklahoma, the nation’s very unremarkable, sixthranked team meets No. 15 Kansas State. Anticipation is understandably high. How good is OU, really? It is excitement fueled by angst and curiosity. Perhaps not the most exciting form of excitement, but very buzzworthy. But you know what might really drive people giddy? An arrival. Of the next superstar, or the next two or three great Sooners. Future All-Americans who really begin proving themselves today. It could be anybody. It could be nobody. Consider Landry Jones’ last seven games, 6 1/2 of which have been played without Ryan Broyles. Going back to Texas A&M last season through OU’s victory over Florida A&M, Jones has completed 58.7

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percent (159 of 271) of his passes for 1,843 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and an efficiency rating of 119.16. Those numbers were generated against a few good teams, but no outstanding defenses. And that efficiency rating is well short of Jones’ breakout 2010 mark of 146.3. If the Sooner quarterback is to make one more run at being one of the nation’s best, today would be a good day for that run to begin. Consider Damien Williams. He’s averaging 12.95 yards per each of his 20 carries, but • See IDLE Page 14

Kansas State at Oklahoma Time: 6:50 p.m. Place: Owen Field Series: OU 71-14-4 Records: OU 2-0, KSU 3-0 Rankings: OU No. 5 USA Today coaches poll; No. 6 Associated Press Top 25. KSU No. 13 USA Today; No. 15 AP Top 25. Line: OU minus 131⁄2 TV: FOX (KOKH-25) Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, KRXO-FM 107.7

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Oklahoma running back Damien Williams scores two weeks ago against Florida A&M. Williams is one of the nation’s leading rushers but it’s unknown if he will draw the start today against Kansas State.


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THE BIG STORY: A RE THE Y FOR RE AL?

Proving themselves Sooners have a real barometer in the Wildcats By John Shinn

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Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson wasn’t sitting on a stool in the corner of a ring on Monday, but he looked like a fighter waiting on the opening bell. The sixth-ranked Sooners’ meeting with No. 15 Kansas State was still five days away, but just talking about the game made him rock back and forth in anticipation. “You can feel people getting excited more. You can feel people focusing in more than what they would usually do out there on the field,” he said. “It’s just a feeling. It’s

just something about it.” At 6:50 p.m. today at Owen Field, the Big 12 Conference opener for both the Sooners and Wildcats has that kind of anticipation because it offers a mix of validation and redemption for both teams. In OU’s case, it’s validation that’s needed. Despite the 2-0 start, the Sooners have fallen two spots since the preseason polls were released. A lackluster performance in the season opener against UTEP left many wondering if the Sooners were worthy of being the conference’s preseason favorite or if they actually • See CHANCE Page 9

“You’ll also be able to feel the tension with the players on the opposite side of the 50-yard line. It’s just this gut feeling that you have. Just as a football player, playing in games like these, you just have this feeling that, ‘Man, this is going to be a dogfight.” Corey Nelson

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Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones throws a pass against Florida A&M two weeks ago. The challenge should be much more difficult for the Sooners today.


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K ANSAS STATE at OKL A HOMA: BRE A K ING DOWN TONIGHT’S G AME

Sooner defenders must show up By John Shinn

Kansas State’s Collin Klein finds running room against North Texas last week. The Sooners need to slow the Wildcat quarterback today.

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klahoma played things very close to the vest in its first two games. Its play sheet was minuscule on both sides of the ball. That Five will change things to against watch Kansas John Shinn State tonight. Expect the Sooners to have more wrinkles than a winter jacket after five months in storage on both sides of the ball. It will also be a game where certain players are asked to take on bigger roles than the first two

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games. Here are five (or six) that OU will be expecting more from tonight: Casey Walker: The defensive tackle missed the first two games due to an

undisclosed non-football issue. Tonight will be his first game of the season. Walker couldn’t come back at better time. The Sooners • See WATCH Page 11

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Damien Williams has given OU’s running game a home run threat it’s lacked, but it’s the quarterback element that gives Kansas State the edge. Quarterback Collin Klein and running back John Hulbert will batter away at the Sooners all night. When it comes to running the football, the Wildcats have no peer in the Big 12 Conference.

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The Sooners’ secondary will get one of its biggest tests of the season. It must run with receivers, but be a factor in the running game. Free safety Tony Jefferson’s sore ankle is something to watch. He’ll be essential in both areas. OU, however, gets the edge because of its pass rush. It has consistently pressured quarterbacks through two games.

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OU gets defensive tackle Casey Walker back tonight and the senior’s presence will help. This is a game OU’s front seven has to win. It has the experience and talent. Kansas State isn’t far behind. It’s only allowed 2.9 yards per carry through three games and middle linebacker Arthur Brown is one of the best in the Big 12.

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OU’s return game has improved this season and its coverage has been solid. Kicker Michael Hunnicutt and punter Tress Way won’t take backseats to anyone tonight. Kansas State, however, has a proven weapon with Tyler Lockett. He’s a threat to score any time he has the ball in his hands. Lockett’s ability is something OU can’t match.

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There isn’t a team in the top 10 that has more doubters than OU. Tonight is a chance to prove its a legitimate Big 12 and national championship contender. It’s also an opportunity to win a 20th straight home game against a ranked foes. OU’s typically at its best in big home games. Tonight’s game qualfies. — John Shinn


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OKLAHOMA ROSTER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 13 14 14 15 15 16 17 18 18 19 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 28 29 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 36 37 38

Tony Jefferson Julian Wilson Sterling Shepard Kenny Stills Joseph Ibiloye Demontre Hurst Corey Nelson Dominique Whaley Joe Powell Gabe Lynn Trevor Knight Rashod Favors Blake Bell R.J. Washington Kendal Thompson Landry Jones Durron Neal Jalen Saunders Aaron Colvin Drew Allen Lamar Harris Jaz Reynolds Trey Metoyer Michael Hunnicutt Lacolton Bester Justin Brown Frank Shannon Tom Wort Austin Brown Roy Finch Cortez Johnson Kass Everett Danzel Williams Brennan Clay Trey Franks Aaron Franklin David Smith Zack Sanchez Damien Williams Gary Simon Alex Ross Grant Bothun Quentin Hayes Javon Harris Daniel Franklin Marshall Musil Trey Millard Daniel Brooks Julian Winters Joel Ossom Tress Way Dylan Seibert Brandon Young

DB DB WR WR LB DB LB RB DB DB QB DE QB DE QB QB WR WR DB QB DB WR WR K WR WR LB LB WR RB DB DB RB RB DB LB RB DB RB DB RB WR DB DB LB FB FB RB RB FB P P DB

5-11 212 6-2 191 5-10 188 6-1 190 6-3 218 5-10 183 6-1 219 5-11 204 6-0 173 6-0 199 6-1 197 6-1 250 6-6 254 6-3 256 6-1 184 6-4 218 5-11 201 5-9 160 6-0 181 6-5 226 6-1 186 6-2 198 6-1 190 6-0 173 6-3 205 6-3 209 6-1 230 6-0 237 6-5 202 5-7 175 6-2 191 5-10 180 5-8 189 5-11 201 5-10 184 6-1 212 5-10 193 5-11 170 6-0 208 6-1 180 6-1 204 5-11 183 6-0 181 5-11 206 6-2 224 6-2 241 6-2 256 5-8 163 5-11 169 5-9 235 6-1 215 6-3 215 5-10 173

Jr. Chula Vista, Calif. So. Moore Fr. Oklahoma City Jr. Encinitas, Calif. Sr. Garland, Texas Sr. Lancaster, Texas Jr. Dallas, Texas Sr. Lawton Jr. Dallas Jr. Tulsa Fr. San Antonio So. Fort Worth So. Wichita,Kan. Sr. Fort Worth R-Fr. Oklahoma City Sr. Artesia, N.M. Fr. St. Louis, Mo. Jr. Elk Grove, Calif. Jr. Owasso Jr. San Antonio Sr. Gilmer, Texas Jr. Houston, Texas Fr. Whitehouse, Texas So. Richardson, Texas Jr. Scooba, Miss. Sr. Wilmington, Del. R-Fr. Dallas Jr. New Braunfels, TX R-Fr. Buffalo, Wyo. Jr. Niceville, Fla. So. NewOrleans, La. Jr. Philadelphia, Pa. R-Fr. Arlington, Texas Jr. San Diego Jr. Orange, Texas So. Marshall, Texas Fr. Midlothian, Ill. Fr. Keller, Texas Jr. San Diego Fr. St. Petersburg, Fla. Fr. Jenks Fr. Rowlett, Texas So. Lancaster, Texas Sr. Lawton Sr. Mount Airy, Ga. Jr. La Crosse, Kan. Jr. Columbia, Mo. Fr. Port Lavaca, Texas So. Sacramento, Calif. Sr. Denton, Texas Sr. Tulsa R-Fr. Tulsa So. Frisco, Texas

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Jack Steed K Nick Hodgson K P.L. Lindley LB Eric Striker LB Jesse Paulsen DB Patrick O’Hara K Jaydan Bird LB Caleb Gastelum LB Eric Doughtie DB Alex Christiensen FB Eric Hosek K Aaron Ripkowski FB David Driskill FB Austin Woods OL John-Philip Hughes OL Casey Walker DT Nila Kasitati OL Ty Darlington OL Nathan Hughes OL Gabe Ikard OL Robert Hollis OL Bronson Irwin OL Lane Johnson OL Tyrus Thompson OL Derek Farniok OL Adam Shead OL Tyler Evans OL Marquis Anderson DT Kyle Marrs OL Daryl Williams OL Jordan Phillips DT Derrick Woods WR Sam Grant TE Brannon Green TE Mike Onuoha DE Don Caudill WR Geneo Grissom TE Brandon Kitchens WR Derrick Bradley WR Taylor McNamara TE Connor Knight TE Chase Buck TE David King DE Charles Tapper DE Stacy McGee DT Jordan Wade DT Torrea Peterson DT Damon Williams DT Mitch Tate DE Jamarkus McFarland DT Chuka Ndulue DE Chaz Nelson DE

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K-STATE ROSTER 6-5 200 6-2 189 6-2 240 6-0 198 6-0 193 6-0 192 6-2 236 6-1 196 6-0 197 6-3 243 5-10 150 6-1 260 6-1 239 6-4 293 6-4 250 6-2 309 6-4 309 6-3 266 6-6 248 6-3 288 6-4 333 6-5 307 6-7 303 6-5 303 6-9 319 6-4 307 6-5 315 6-3 265 6-5 320 6-6 299 6-6 318 6-1 185 6-7 234 6-2 250 6-5 235 6-1 194 6-4 247 5-11 161 5-8 173 6-5 234 6-4 212 6-3 231 6-5 286 6-4 265 6-4 299 6-4 290 6-3 277 6-3 305 6-4 238 6-2 288 6-3 256 6-2 239

Fr. Katy, Texas So. N. Richland Hills, TX R-Fr. R. Rock, Texas Fr. Seffner, Fla. Sr. Albuquerque, N.M. Sr. Topeka, Kan. Sr. Wichita, Kan. So. Claremore Fr. Sugarland, Texas Fr. Edmond R-Fr. Sherman, Texas So. Dayton, Ohio So. Oklahoma City Jr. Rockwall, Texas R-Fr. Tulsa Sr. Garland, Texas R-Fr. Euless, Texas Fr. Apopka, Fla. R-Fr. Spring, Texas Jr. Oklahoma City R-Fr. Tulsa Jr. Mustang Sr. Groveton, Texas So. Pflugerville, Texas R-Fr. Sioux Falls, S.D. So. Cedar Hill, Texas Sr. Strafford, Mo. R-Fr. Cibolo, Texas Fr. San Antonio, Texas So. Lake Dallas, Texas R-Fr. Towanda, Kan. Fr. Inglewood, Calif. Fr. North Royalton, Ohio Jr. Altamont, Kan. Fr. Edmond Jr. Muldrow So. Hutchinson, Kan. Fr. Jenks Sr. Houston, Texas Fr. San Diego, Calif. Fr. San Antonio, Jr. Edmond Sr. Houston Fr. Baltimore Sr. Muskogee Fr. Round Rock, Texas So. San Antonio So. Irving, Texas R-Fr. Bartlesville Sr. Lufkin, Texas So. Dallas Jr. Columbus, Ohio

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Stephen Johnson WR Justin Tuggle LB Allen Chapman DB Chris Harper WR Arthur Brown LB Daniel Sams QB Thomas Ferguson DB Robert Rose RB Brandon Klimek PK Tate Snyder LB Kip Daily DB Collin Klein QB Angelo Pease RB Dillon Wilson PK Ryan Doerr P Anthony Cantele PK Lucas Munds WR Donny Starks DB Stanton Weber WR Ty Zimmerman DB Steven West WR Curry Sexton WR Randall Evans DB Sam Johnson QB Tyler Lockett WR Weston Hiebert DB Logan Stephens WR Jonathan Coleman DB Andre McDonald TE Joe Hubener QB Carl Miles DB DeMarcus RobinsonRB Jonathan Truman LB Zach McFall WR Jarard Milo DB Charles Jones RB Nigel Malone DB Joseph Bonugli DB Dylan Veatch WR Jarell Childs LB Cody Harrison WR Ed Brown DB Brad Duncan FB Jarvis Leverett RB Kent Gainous DB Dorrian Roberts DB Roman Fields LB Michael Mann DB Morgan Burns DB John Hubert RB Darnell Howard TE Cody Marley LB David Smith LB Nick Briney LB Ben Kall FB Braden Wilson FB Mark Krause P Austin Katsorelos FB Cameron Morgan DB Ian Patterson PK

5-9 155 6-3 237 5-11 176 6-1 234 6-1 231 6-2 204 6-0 202 5-4 174 5-11 184 5-11 223 5-11 181 6-5 226 5-11 215 5-10 187 6-3 189 5-10 183 6-2 196 5-11 180 6-0 179 6-1 203 6-0 196 5-11 180 6-0 190 5-11 215 5-11 175 6-0 199 6-0 200 6-1 205 6-8 283 6-4 205 5-11 181 5-6 206 5-11 214 6-0 186 6-2 197 5-9 191 5-10 180 6-0 188 5-11 191 6-2 230 5-6 160 6-0 185 6-1 234 5-11 203 6-1 190 5-10 165 5-10 204 5-10 168 5-11 195 5-7 191 6-6 250 5-11 233 6-0 230 6-0 218 5-9 228 6-4 256 5-11 204 6-1 229 5-9 185 5-11 233

Jr. Fresno, Calif. Sr. Alpharetta, Ga. Sr. San Francisco Sr. Wichita, Kan. Sr. Wichita, Kan. Fr. Slidell, La. Sr. Grand Prairie, Texas Jr. Miami, Fla. Sr. Manhattan, Kan. So. Manhattan, Kan. Jr.College Station, Texas Sr. Loveland, Colo. Sr. Cairo, Ga. Fr. Midlothian, Texas Sr. Katy, Texas Sr. Wichita, Kan. Fr. Hutchinson, Kan. Fr. Crosby, Texas Fr. Overland Park, Kan. Jr. Junction City, Kan. Fr. Keller, Texas So. Abilene, Kan. So. Miami, Fla. So. Topeka, Kan. So. Tulsa So. Canton, Kan. Jr. Grinnell, Kan. Fr. Mesquite, Texas Jr. Choctaw Fr. Cheney, Kan. Jr. Miami, Fla. So. Wichita, Kan. So. Kechi, Kan. Sr. Manhattan, Kan. Sr. Olathe, Kan. Fr. Mandeville, La. Sr. Manteca, Calif. So. San Antonio, Texas So. Shawnee, Kan. Sr. Kansas City, Mo. So. Topeka, Kan. So. Bradenton, Fla. So. Westmoreland, Kan. Fr. Katy, Texas Jr.-TR Orlando, Fla. Jr. Wichita, Kan. Sr. Kansas City, Kan. Fr. Aledo, Texas Fr. Wichita, Kan. Jr. Waco, Texas Fr. Cleveland, Ohio So. Denton, Texa So. Argyle, Texas Sr. Dodge City, Kan Sr. Rochester, Minn. Sr. Smith Center, Kan. So. Kearney, Mo. Fr. Leawood, Kan. Fr. Omaha, Neb. Fr. Columbia, Mo.

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Dylan Schellenberg DB Seth Filbert RB Logan Haug DE William Green TE Meshak Williams DE Matt Pestinger TE Ryan Mueller DE Marquel Bryant DE Dalton Converse LS Jared Loomis LB Glenn Gronkowski FB Ethan Hammes P Will Davis LB Nick Puetz OL Tre Walker LB Trace Armstrong LB Char. Moore LB Blake Slaughter LB Taylor Godinet DE Adam Davis DE Cody Whitehair OL Wesley Hollingshed OL Colborn Couchman LB Myles Copeland LB Aaron Norris LB Drew Liddle OL Xavier Gates DL Marcus Heit LS Tomasi Mariner OL Matt Kleinsorge OL B.J. Finney OL William Cooper OL Logan O’Dea DL Will Ash OL Ethan Douglas OL Aderius Epps OL Tavon Rooks OL Kason Hostrup OL Ellwood Clement OL Cory Cheadle LS Boston Stiverson OL Cornelius Lucas OL Keenan Taylor OL Travis Tannahill TE Kyle Klein WR Evan Loomis WR Deante Burton WR Zach Trujillo TE Tramaine ThompsonWR Andre Jackson WR Torell Miller WR Zach Nemechek FB Laton Dowling DE Vai Lutui DT Alauna Finau DE Travis Britz DL John Sua DL Demonte Hood DL Chaquil Reed DL Javonta Boyd DL

6-0 189 5-11 165 6-5 233 6-3 262 6-3 245 6-3 243 6-1 240 6-3 239 5-11 221 6-0 230 6-3 228 5-9 194 6-0 214 6-3 304 6-3 225 6-1 186 6-1 213 5-10 227 6-3 237 6-0 247 6-3 300 6-1 294 6-2 192 6-0 217 6-0 234 6-3 288 6-3 312 6-2 244 6-3 329 6-5 300 6-4 303 6-4 297 5-10 254 6-2 352 6-6 319 6-1 321 6-5 272 6-4 286 6-5 310 6-3 264 6-4 312 6-9 324 6-4 290 6-3 253 6-3 210 6-2 216 6-2 200 6-4 236 5-8 167 6-5 225 6-2 214 6-3 249 6-2 245 6-2 299 6-1 245 6-4 290 6-0 294 6-0 315 6-3 290 6-2 297

Jr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Fr. So. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Sr. So. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. So. Jr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. So. Sr. Jr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Sr.

Wichita, Kan. Macksville, Kan. Seneca, Kan. Woodbridge, Conn. Sylvester, Ga. Beloit, Kan. Leawood, Kan. Dallas, Texas Clay Center, Kan. Macksville, Kan. Amherst, N.Y. Seneca, Kan. Southlake, Texas Salina, Kan. Olathe, Kan. Shelton, Neb. Dallas, Texas Missouri City, Texas Wamego, Kan. Folkston, Ga. Abilene, Kan. Atlanta, Ga. Scott City, Kan Wichita, Kan. Littleton, Colo. Oak Grove, Mo. Harrisburg, Pa. Derby, Kan. Topeka, Kan. Olathe, Kan. Andale, Kan. Hayti, Mo. Wellsville, Kan. Indianapolis, Ind. Basehor, Kan. Cedar Hill, Texas Randallstown, Md. Sachse, Texas Deptford, N.J. Hilton Head, S.C. Andover, Kan. New Orleans, La. Tulsa Overland Park, Kan. Loveland, Colo. Macksville, Kan. Manhattan, Kan. Edmond Jenks Miami, Fla. New Orleans Quinter, Kan. Dodge City, Kan. Salt Lake City, Utah Compton, Calif. Harrisonville, Mo. Santa Maria, Calif. Arlington, Texas Wichita, Kan. St. Petersburg, Fla.


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FB: When Sooners take receiver off the field 33, Trey Millard 48, Aaron Ripkowski 78, Cornelius Lucas 64, Tomasi Mariner

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TB: 33, John Hubert 8, Angelo Pease When Wildcats take receiver off the field 37, Braden Wilson 89, Zach Nemechek

DT: 97, Jamarcus McFarland 53, Casey Walker

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CB: 6, Demontre Hurst 15, Lamar Harris

DE: 98, Chuka Ndulue 84, Mike Onuoha

7, Corey Nelson 25 Aaron Franklin

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WR: 16, Tyler Lockett 14, Curry Sexton

80, Travis Tannahill 85, Zach Trujillo

LB:

LB:

1, Tony Jefferson 42, Jesse Paulsen

TE:

RT: 73, Tavon Rooks 55, Cody Whitehair

DT: 90, David King 80, Jordan Phillips

RG: 79, Keenan Taylor 71, Ethan Douglas

QB: 7, Collin Klein 4, Daniel Sams

LT: C: 66, B.J. Finney 61, Drew Liddle

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LG: 55, Cody Whitehair 50, Nick Puetz

NB: 9, Gabe Lynn 2, Julian Wilson

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DE: 11, R.J. Washington 10, Rashod Favors

CB: 14, Aaron Colvin 27, Gary Simon

2, Justin Tuggle 26, Jarrell Childs

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23, Jarard Milo 5, Thomas Ferguson

WR: 3, Chris Harper 88, Torell Miller

CB: 24, Nigel Malone 15, Randall Evans

DE: 55, Adam Davis 94, Alauna Finau

4, Arthur Brown 53, Blake Slaughter

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WR: 19, Justin Brown 13, Durron Neal

85, Geneo Grissom 88, Tyler McNamara

DT: 92, Vai Lutui 95, Travis Britz

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RT: 79, Darryl Williams 72, Derek Farniok

50, Tre Walker 21, Jonathan Truman

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12, Ty Zimmerman 29, Kent Gainous

WR: 86, Tramaine Thompson 81, Kyle Klein

TB: 8, Dominique Whaley 24, Brennan Clay 26, Damien Williams RG: 68, Bronson Irwin 50, Austin Woods

DT: 96, John Shue 99, Javonta Boyd

QB: 12, Landry Jones 10, Blake Bell

C: 64, Gabe Ikard 56, Ty Darlington

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DE: 42, Meshak Williams 44, Ryan Mueller

CB: 3, Allen Chapman 19, Carl Miles

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SR: 4, Kenny Stills 3, Sterling Shephard

WR: 17, Trey Metoyer 18, LaColten Bester

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SCHEDULE Sept. 1 at UTEP Sept. 8 Florida A&M Sept. 22 Kansas St. Oct. 6 at Texas Tech Oct. 13 Texas Oct. 20 Kansas Oct. 27 Notre Dame Nov. 3 at Iowa State Nov. 10 Baylor Nov. 17 at W. Virginia Nov. 24 OSU Dec. 1 at TCU

W, 24-7 W, 69-13 6:50 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

STATS Williams Whaley Clay Finch Millard Shannon Stills Bell Jones Total

(Two games) Rushing Att Yds A/C TD 20 259 12.9 5 21 117 5.6 1 14 88 6.3 2 5 50 10.0 1 4 36 9.0 0 1 19 19.0 0 1 9 9.0 0 8 5 0.6 0 4 -29 -7.2 0 78 554 7.1 9

Lg 89 18 18 17 15 19 9 10 0 89

Y/G 129.5 58.5 44.0 25.0 18.0 9.5 4.5 2.5 -14.5 277.0

Stills Metoyer Brown Whaley Shepard Green Clay Millard Musil Bester Total Opp.

64 Eff 142.21 182.48 145.13 81.39 No. 16 7 6 4 3 2 2 2 1 1 44 24

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Passing C-A-I 40-64-1 4-5-0 44-69-1 24-54-1

0 71 134.0 Pct 62.5 80.0 63.8 44.4

Yds. TD 474 4 61 0 535 4 222 1

Receiving Yds. Avg. TD Lg A/G 241 15.1 2 68 120.5 51 7.3 1 18 25.5 87 14.5 0 46 43.5 14 3.5 0 13 7.0 48 16.0 0 28 24.0 36 18.0 1 18 18.0 21 10.5 0 11 10.5 19 9.5 0 10 9.5 12 12.0 0 12 6.0 6 6.0 0 6 3.0 535 12.2 4 68 267.5 222 9.2 1 75 111.0

Tackles (leaders) S A T Loss JWort 7 5 12 1.5-6 Harris 8 4 12 1.0-4 Jefferson 8 3 11 Ndulue 7 2 9 1.0-1 Washington 3 6 9 0.5-0 Colvin 5 3 8 Nelson 4 3 7 Franklin 5 1 6 1.0-8 Hurst 5 1 6 Bird 4 2 6 McFarland 3 3 6 2.0-9 King 2 3 5 Favors 3 2 5 1.0-5

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TE A M NUMBERS SCORING Points per game FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty RUSHING YARDAGE Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing

OU 93 46.5 52 26 24 2 554 599 45 78 7.1 277.0 9

Opp. 20 10 21 10 8 3 268 308 40 64 4.2 134.0 0

PASSING YARDAGE 535 222 C-A-I 44-69-2 25-54-1 Average per pass 7.8 4.1 Average per catch 12.2 9.2 Average per game 267.5 111.0 TDs Passing 4 1 TOTAL OFFENSE 1089 490 Total Plays 147 118 Average per play 7.4 4.2 Average per game 544.5 245 3rd-DOWN Conversions 12-26 6-32 Percentage 46% 19% 4th-DOWN Conversions 1-1 0-2 Percentage 100% 0%

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Chance: A great opportunity • Continued from Page 4 have what it takes to stay in the national championship race. The second game against Florida A&M wasn’t going to seize anyone’s attention because it was against an FCS team. The opportunity to play a legitimate ranked team offers OU a chance to prove it’s for real. “This is our first big game, our first real test. Yeah, we’re approaching it like a Big 12 championship game,” offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. “We know K-State’s a good team. Last year, I think we kind of left them with a bad taste in their mouth. I think they’re going to be hungry when they come in.” When these teams met last season, Kansas State (3-0) was clawing its way up the polls after several seasons outside of them. They were undefeated and ready to stake their claim as a legitimate Big 12 title contender. Then, a week after a stunning loss at home to Texas Tech, OU went to Manhattan, Kan., and crushed the Wildcats, 58-17. It was a big game last year

Sooner receiver Justin Brown brings back a punt against Florida A&M. Some special teams help might go a long way for OU today. AP Photo

and it’s a big game today. The Sooners need to prove that they are capable of playing dominant football against a quality opponent. Traditionally, OU has. Under coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners are 13-0 against ranked teams at Owen Field. All of those wins were by double digits and six were by 30 or more points. Making a statement when the opportunity arises is what championship caliber teams do when opportunity presents. OU’s got one tonight.

Stoops believes, win or lose, what happens tonight will tell him more about his team than either of the first two games. “To a degree it will,” he said. Stoops is not alone. The rest of the country will be watching. The Sooners know this is a chance to quell the unrest that’s emerged after their first two games. If the Sooners are a legitimate title contender they’ll prove it tonight. As Nelson rocked back

and forth you could tell he couldn’t wait to get started. “Yeah, you’ll be able to feel it,” he said. “You’ll also be able to feel the tension with the players on the opposite side of the 50-yard line. It’s just this gut feeling that you have. “Just as a football player, playing in games like these, you just have this feeling that, ‘Man, this is going to be a dogfight. We’re fixing to get after it.’” John Shinn Follow me @john_shinn jshinn@normantranscript.com


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Klein Total Opp.

SCHEDULE Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 3 Nov. 10 Nov. 17 Dec. 1

Missouri St. Miami North Texas Oklahoma Kansas at Iowa State at W. Virginia Texas Tech Oklahoma St. at TCU at Baylor Texas

W, 51-9 W, 52-13 W, 35-21 6:50 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

STATS (Three games) Rushing Att Yds A/C TD Hulbert 43 296 6.9 3 Klein 46 210 4.6 4 Sams 10 127 12.7 3 Pease 13 56 4.3 0 Lockett 3 22 7.3 0 Robinson 3 20 6.7 0 Wilson 3 10 3.3 1 Rose 4 9 2.2 0 Johnson 2 6 3.0 0 Thompson 1 6 6.0 0

Lg 95 27 46 12 16 9 5 4 5 6

Y/G 98.7 70.0 42.3 28.0 7.3 20.0 3.3 3.0 6.0 2.0

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-7 755 280

0.0 0 0 -2.3 5.9 11 95 251.7 2.9 2 45 93.3

Passing Eff C-A-I 180.77 43-59-2 180.77 43-59-2 130.70 72-107-1

Pct 72.9 72.9 67.3

Yds. TD 609 5 609 5 753 2

Receiving No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg A/G Thompson 13 211 16.2 3 38 70.3 Harper 9 115 12.8 1 24 38.3 Lockett 6 71 11.8 0 44 23.7 Hubert 6 24 4.0 0 7 8.0 Sexton 4 55 13.8 1 27 18.3 Tannahill 2 50 25.0 0 37 16.7 Trujillo 1 58 58.0 0 58 19.3 Wilson 1 23 23.0 0 23 7.7 Pease 1 2 2.0 0 2 1.0 Total 43 609 14.2 5 58 203.0 Opp. 72 753 10.5 2 56 251.0 Tackles (leaders) S A T Loss Brown 17 11 28 3.0-11 Milo 16 6 22 Chapman 11 6 17 2.0-3 Malone 13 1 14 Evans 9 4 13 Childs 7 5 12 Davis 9 3 12 3.5-15 Truman 8 1 9 1.0-3 Walker 4 5 9 1.0-2 Zimmerman 8 0 8 1.0-8 Williams 5 2 7 2.0-8 Boyd 4 3 7 3.5-6 Tuggle 4 2 6 2.0-5 Lutui 4 1 5 1.0-1

Sack 1.0-8

3.0-13

1.0-5 1.0-4

TE A M NUMBERS SCORING Points per game FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty RUSHING YARDAGE Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing

KSU 138 46.0 69 38 26 5 755 802 47 128 5.9 251.7 11

Opp. 43 14.3 53 18 32 3 280 359 79 95 2.9 93.3 2

PASSING YARDAGE 609 753 C-A-I 43-59-2 72-107-1 Average per pass 10.3 7.0 Average per catch 14.2 10.5 Average per game 203.0 251.0 TDs Passing 5 2 TOTAL OFFENSE 1364 1033 Total Plays 187 202 Average per play 7.3 5.1 Average per game 454.7 343.3 3rd-DOWN Conversions 18-31 16-45 Percentage 58% 36% 4th-DOWN Conversions 0-0 2-5 Percentage 0% 40%

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Watch: Defenders challenged • Continued from Page 5 need the 309-pound senior against the Wildcats’ violent running game. His impact won’t come in the form of tackles, but in where the line of scrimmage goes. If it’s neutral or moving toward the backfield, it means Walker and the other defensive tackles are playing well. If they’re getting pushed back into the linebackers, it means OU’s going to have a long night. Joseph Ibiloye: The strong-side linebacker was used so little in the first two games that the position’s not even listed on OU’s depth chart, moved in favor of the nickel back slot. That will change against the Wildcats. Ibiloye is going to see a lot of action and his ability as an outside linebacker will be tested. Corey Nelson had a huge game at the spot in last season’s meeting against the Wildcats. Ibiloye needs to do the same. Tony Jefferson and Javon Harris: Safeties don’t like playing against Kansas State. The Wildcats will

OU coach Bob Stoops, left, shakes hands with FAMU coach Joe Taylor. The Sooners topped the Rattlers by 56 points. Stoops might take a victory by any margin against Kansas State today. AP Photo

pound away until safeties crowd the line of scrimmage. Then a receiver will go running right down the middle of the field on a playaction pass. OU’s safeties must keep everything in front of them. Harris has played well in the first two games, but last year had a penchant for being too aggressive. If he reverts, Kansas State will take advantage. Jefferson suffered an ankle injury against Florida A&M. The

Wildcats will make him prove he’s healthy. Damien Williams: The running back is averaging 12.9 yards per carry through two games. He’s shown he can do some very impressive things with the ball in his hands. The Sooners need to give it to him more than 10 times. Williams can demonstrate tonight he’s capable of being the No. 1 rushing option. Landry Jones: Outside of one interception and

scrambling his way into a couple of sacks, Jones has played well. Tonight is his chance to show he belongs on that list of Heisman Trophy contenders with a prime time performance. The Sooners will widen the playbook tonight. The opportunity should be there for Jones to put up big numbers. John Shinn Follow me @john_shinn jshinn@normantranscript.com


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY

Making the most of it

Today’s Games

Pokes take advantage of QB’s skills By Jeff Latzke AP College Football Writer

STILLWATER — When an injury thrust backup quarterback J.W. Walsh into action six plays into Oklahoma State’s last game, coach Mike Gundy got onto his headset and asked offensive coordinator Todd Monken a question: “What have we got for him to run?” “Well, I don’t know,” Monken responded. “He took about 10 snaps all week. I don’t know what to tell you.” The plan Monken concocted on the fly proved to be plenty effective, with the Cowboys setting a school record with 742 yards of total offense in a 65-21 win against Louisiana-Lafayette. As Oklahoma State (2-1) moves forward with starter Wes Lunt’s return uncertain, it won’t be as simple as having Walsh run the same plays cooked up for his injured

teammate. Lunt fits more closely into the mold of predecessor Brandon Weeden, a drop-back passer who stays in the pocket. Walsh has similarities to Zac Robinson, the Cowboys’ quarterback before Weeden, who was as likely to take off running as he was to throw the ball. “There’s no question that you have to call it different,” Monken said. “You can’t call the same things. They’re built differently.” The good news for Oklahoma State is that there’s an extra week to figure it out, and to give Lunt more time to recover. No. 12 Texas (3-0) comes to Stillwater on Sept. 29, bringing in a highly regarded defense that’s allowing 328 yards per game — less than half the Bowl Subdivision-best 687 yards OSU is averaging. “We can’t change really what we do, and I think the best way to describe it is we

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OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) celebrates with running back Jeremy Smith after scoring last Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. just run our plays and we fit him in to where we think it’s advantageous for what J.W. brings,” Gundy said. Monken said that Walsh got only six of the 37 snaps in Oklahoma State’s team session during practice last Wednesday. Lunt gets the lion’s share as the starter, and there’s even more emphasis

since he’s a freshman who needs the work. But that left little in the way of preparation for Walsh. “You just start to checkmark things that we’ve done a lot of, that he’s done a bunch of, that wasn’t specifically for a guy like Wes,” Monken said. • See IDLE Page 13

EAST Lafayette (2-0) at Bucknell (1-1), 11 a.m. Davidson (0-2) at Marist (1-2), 11 a.m. Maryland (2-1) at West Virginia (2-0), 11 a.m. Fordham (2-1) at Columbia (1-0), 11:30 a.m. Duquesne (2-1) at Bryant (0-3), noon Yale (1-0) at Cornell (0-1), noon Dartmouth (1-0) at Holy Cross (0-2), noon J. Madison (2-1) at Rhode Island (0-2), noon VMI (1-2) at Navy (0-2), 2:30 p.m. Villanova (2-1) at Penn (0-1), 2:30 p.m. Temple (1-1) at Penn St. (1-2), 2:30 p.m. G-Webb (0-3) at Pittsburgh (1-2), 2:30 p.m. Harvard (1-0) at Brown (1-0), 4:30 p.m. Albany (NY) (2-1) at Maine (1-1), 5 p.m. Colgate (1-2) at Stony Brook (2-1), 5 p.m. Wagner (0-3) at CCSU (0-3), 6 p.m. St. Francis (Pa.) (2-1) at Towson (1-1), 6 p.m. SOUTH N. Hampshire (2-1) at O. Dominion (3-0), 11 a.m. Mississippi (2-1) at Tulane (0-2), 11 a.m. Bowling Green (1-2) at Va. Tech (2-1), 11 a.m. Kentucky (1-2) at Florida (3-0), 11:21 a.m. Army (0-2) at Wake Forest (2-1), 11:30 a.m. Ch. Southern (0-3) at Shorter (2-1), 11:30 p.m. Furman (0-3) at Presbyterian (1-2), 1 p.m. Miami (2-1) at Georgia Tech (2-1), 2 p.m. Richmond (2-1) at Georgia St. (0-3), 2:30 p.m. E. Carolina (2-1) at N. Carolina (1-2), 2:30 p.m. Missouri (2-1) at South Carolina (3-0), 2:30 p.m. Samford (2-0) at W. Carolina (1-2), 2:30 p.m. Tenn. St. (3-0) at B.-Cookman (2-1), 3 p.m. FAU (1-2) at Alabama (3-0), 4 p.m. Southern U. (0-2) at Jackson St. (1-2), 4 p.m. App. St. (1-2) at Chattanooga (1-2), 5 p.m. Florida A&M (1-2) at Delaware St. (1-2), 5 p.m. Memphis (0-3) at Duke (2-1), 5 p.m. Jacksonville St. (1-1) at E. Kentucky (2-1), 5 p.m. Elon (2-1) at Georgia Southern (1-1), 5 p.m. The Citadel (3-0) at NC State (2-1), 5 p.m. LSU (3-0) at Auburn (1-2), 6 p.m. UT-Martin (2-1) at Austin Peay (0-3), 6 p.m. Louisville (3-0) at FIU (1-2), 6 p.m. Lehigh (3-0) at Liberty (0-3), 6 p.m. S. Alabama (1-2) at Mississippi St. (3-0), 6 p.m. Evangel (2-1) at Nicholls St. (0-2), 6 p.m. MVSU (1-2) at Northwestern St. (1-2), 6 p.m. NC Central (1-2) at Savannah St. (0-2), 6 p.m. So. Miss. (0-2) at W. Kentucky (2-1), 6 p.m. Delaware (3-0) at William & Mary (0-3), 6 p.m. Akron (1-2) at Tennessee (2-1), 6:30 p.m. Vanderbilt (1-2) at Georgia (3-0), 6:45 p.m. Clemson (3-0) at Florida St. (3-0), 7 p.m. McNeese St. (3-0) at SE Louisiana (0-3), 7 p.m.

MIDWEST Cent. Michigan (1-1) at Iowa (2-1), 11 a.m. UMass (0-3) at Miami (Ohio) (1-2), 11 a.m. UAB (0-2) at Ohio St. (3-0), 11 a.m. UTEP (1-2) at Wisconsin (2-1), 11 a.m. Jacksonville (2-1) at Dayton (1-2), noon Morehead St. (1-2) at Drake (1-2), 1 p.m. S. Illinois (1-2) at Missouri St. (0-3), 1 p.m. Norfolk St. (2-1) at Ohio (3-0), 1 p.m. UConn (2-1) at W. Michigan (1-2), 1 p.m. S. Dak. St. (2-1) at Indiana St. (2-1), 1:05 p.m. E. Michigan (0-3) at Michigan St. (2-1), 2:30 p.m. Kansas (1-2) at N. Illinois (2-1), 2:30 p.m. Idaho St. (1-1) at Nebraska (2-1), 2:30 p.m. S. Dakota (1-1) at Northwestern (3-0), 2:30 p.m. Illinois St. (3-0) at W. Illinois (2-1), 3 p.m. South Florida (2-1) at Ball St. (2-1), 3:30 p.m. Tenn. Tech (2-1) at SE Missouri (1-2), 6 p.m. Coastal Carolina (2-1) at Toledo (2-1), 6 p.m. N. Iowa (1-2) at Youngstown St. (3-0), 6 p.m. Murray St. (1-2) at E. Illinois (1-2), 6:30 p.m. Michigan (2-1) at Notre Dame (3-0), 6:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech (2-0) at Illinois (2-1), 7 p.m. Syracuse (1-2) at Minnesota (3-0), 7 p.m. SOUTHWEST Virginia (2-1) at TCU (2-0), 11 a.m. Alabama A&M (3-0) at Texas So. (1-2), 11 a.m. NW Oklahoma (0-3) at UTSA (3-0), 1 p.m. Marshall (1-2) at Rice (1-2), 2:30 p.m. S. Houston St. (1-1) at C. Arkansas (2-1), 3 p.m. Rutgers (3-0) at Arkansas (1-2), 6 p.m. Alcorn St. (1-2) at Arkansas St. (1-2), 6 p.m. Troy (1-2) at North Texas (1-2), 6 p.m. SC State (1-2) at Texas A&M (1-1), 6 p.m. S.F. Austin (1-2) at Texas St. (1-1), 6 p.m. Kansas St. (3-0) at Oklahoma (2-0), 6:50 p.m. Langston (1-1) at Lamar (1-2), 7 p.m. Fresno St. (2-1) at Tulsa (2-1), 7 p.m. FAR WEST N. Arizona (2-1) at Montana (2-1), 2:30 p.m. Oregon St. (1-0) at UCLA (3-0), 2:30 p.m. Valparaiso (0-3) at San Diego (1-2), 3 p.m. Colorado (0-3) at Washington St. (2-1), 3 p.m. N. Col. (1-2) at Montana St. (3-0), 3:05 p.m. Wyoming (0-3) at Idaho (0-3), 4 p.m. California (1-2) at Southern Cal (2-1), 5 p.m. Utah St. (2-1) at Colorado St. (1-2), 6 p.m. New Mexico (1-2) at N. Mexico St. (1-2), 7 p.m. San Jose St. (2-1) at San Diego St. (2-1), 7 p.m. E. Washington (1-1) at Weber St. (0-3), 7 p.m. S. Utah (1-2) at Portland St. (1-2), 7:05 p.m. UC Davis (1-2) at Cal Poly (2-0), 8:05 p.m. N. Dakota (2-1) at Sac. St. (2-1), 8:05 p.m. Utah (2-1) at Arizona St. (2-1), 9 p.m. Air Force (1-1) at UNLV (0-3), 9 p.m. Nevada (2-1) at Hawaii (1-1), 9:30 p.m. Arizona (3-0) at Oregon (3-0), 9:30 p.m.


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Terrapins really want this one Maryland next in line to try slowing the Mountaineers By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland wide receiver Kevin Dorsey has already earned his diploma, received three varsity letters and been to a bowl game. Here’s something the fifthyear senior hasn’t done: been a part of a victory over West Virginia, a shortcoming he and the rest of Maryland’s upperclassmen hope to rectify Saturday against the No. 8 Mountaineers in Morgantown. “I guess that’s the only blemish on my career,” Dorsey said Tuesday. “It would be incredible to beat

them, especially my last time being there as a player.” The Terrapins have lost six straight to West Virginia since a 41-7 victory in the 2004 Gator Bowl. It’s also been five years since Maryland defeated a Top 10 team. With an upset win in a hostile environment Saturday, the Terps can end both streaks. “It would be awesome, especially because I’ve got a little bit of a grudge against them after being hurt in Morgantown two years ago,” said senior left tackle Justin Gilbert, who sustained a season-ending knee injury during a 31-17 defeat in 2010. “Coming out with a W would be huge in our last non-con-

ference game, going into the bye week.” In a tradition that began long ago, when the Terrapins beat a Top 10 team a tombstone is placed outside the practice field to mark the achievement. The last tombstone was stuck in the ground in November 2007, after Maryland upset a Matt Ryan-led Boston College team that was ranked eighth. “We definitely want to try to add another tombstone to the gravesite this weekend,” sophomore nose tackle Darius Kilgo said. Beating West Virginia (20) is a tall order. The Terrapins are coming off a 24-21 home loss against Connecti-

cut and will need to play nearflawless football against a Mountaineers squad that has scored 111 points in its two wins. “It would be huge,” senior defensive end A.J. Francis said. “I’ve never got a tombstone before. It would be great to beat a team we never beat, a rival, a team that doesn’t like us and we don’t like them.” Maryland’s struggle against West Virginia extends beyond the players. Coach Randy Edsall is 1-7 against the Mountaineers, including 1-6 as head coach at UConn, but he hopes the team can draw encouragement from last year’s narrow defeat.

Big 12 Standings Con. Overall 1 0 1.000 2 0 1.000 0 0 .000 3 0 1.000 0 0 .000 3 0 1.000 0 0 .000 3 0 1.000 0 0 .000 3 0 1.000 0 0 .000 2 0 1.000 0 0 .000 2 0 1.000 0 0 .000 2 0 1.000 0 0 .000 2 1 .667 0 1 .000 1 2 .333 Friday Baylor at Louisiana-Monroe, late Today Virginia at TCU, 11 a.m. Maryland at West Virginia, 11 a.m. Kansas at Northern Illinois, 2:30 p.m. Kansas State at Oklahoma, 6:50 p.m. Sept. 29 Baylor at West Virginia Texas Tech at Iowa State Texas at Oklahoma State TCU at SMU Oct. 6 Iowa State at TCU Kansas at Kansas State Oklahoma at Texas Tech West Virginia at Texas

TCU Iowa State Kansas State Texas Texas Tech Baylor Oklahoma West Virginia Oklahoma St. Kansas

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On the air 11 a.m. Kentucky at Florida (KSBI) UTEP at Wisconsin (ESPN2) Virginia at TCU (ESPN) Mississippi at Tulane (FSN) Lafayette at Bucknell (CBSSN) B. Green at Va. Tech (ESPNU) Noon Yale at Cornell (NBCSN) 2:30 p.m. Temple at Penn State (KOCO-5) Missouri at S. Carolina (KWTV-9) Oregon St. at UCLA (ESPN2-28) Miami at Georgia Tech (FSN) E.Carolina at N. Carolina (ESPNU) 3 p.m. Colorado at Washington (FX) 3:30 Harvard at Brown (NBCSN) VMI at Navy (CBSSN) 6 p.m. LSU at Auburn (ESPN) S.C. State at Texas A&M (FSN) Rutgers at Arkansas (ESPNU) 6:30 p.m. Kansas St. at Oklahoma (KOKH-25) Michigan at Notre Dame (KFOR-4) 6:45 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia (ESPN2-28) 7 p.m. Clemson at Florida St. (KOCO-5) 9:30 p.m. Arizona at Oregon (ESPN-29) Nevada at Hawaii (NBCSN)

Idle: Walsh will have had many more reps if he draws the start against Texas • Continued from Page 12 “He still screwed all that up, but he made some plays and started running around. Holy cow. Half the time when he’s running, I’m yelling at him for what he’s doing, but that’s just him.”

Coaches have said that Walsh’s running ability has been hard to evaluate through training camp since Cowboys don’t tackle in practice. What could be a scramble for a big gain is blown dead if a defender gets a hand

on Walsh. “It was just a lot of fun to get out there and do what we were able to do offensively,” Walsh said. “We were fortunate enough to have everybody play the way they did and just do what we do. It was

just a lot of fun. “Having the circumstances to be able to get out there and run a little bit, it was a lot of fun and I was glad we got to do that.” Lunt’s leg has been immobilized this week to help it

heal faster, leaving more time for Walsh to run the offense and prepare. Gundy doesn’t know yet when Lunt will return. “It doesn’t really matter. No one really cares,” Monken said. “Whoever your

quarterback is, you better come up with a plan that gives you a chance to move it because no one cares. They want to see you win and get excited and show up at the game and stop (complaining) that the sky’s falling.”


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Horning: Who is it? • Continued from Page 3 he’s done it against UTEP, Florida A&M, and not early, against fresh defenders. Bob Stoops said it doesn’t matter who OU’s No. 1 running back is, a statement he must know isn’t true, because if Williams can be the next big thing, he should start today. And if he has a superstar future in front of him, he might begin to show it, right from the start, against a real team like Kansas State. Consider Tom Wort. A great player and leader whose time has come? Maybe, but Wort has yet to be confused with Rocky Calmus, Teddy Lehman, Rufus Alexander, Curtis Lofton or Travis Lewis. Through two games, he has 12 tackles, tied for team best with Javon Harris. He has played well this season. If he can tackle K-State quarterback Collin Klein six or seven times today, all without having to chase him into the secondary, maybe he begins taking his place among a long line of great linebackers. Kenny Stills? There was the way he fin-

ished last season (20 catches, 239 yards, zero TDs in five games after Broyles’ season ended) and the way he’s begun this one (16 catches, 241 yards, two TDs). Who’s the real Stills? If he’s one of the best, assuming Jones is accurate enough, there’s no time like today to keep it going against a much better foe. It’s not only about today. After today, OU is off another week before three of its next four games include Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas in Dallas and Notre Dame in Norman. If they’re not superstars today, it’s not like the door slams shut forever. Still, if this is going to be a memorable season, a few Sooners, whoever they are, need to begin taking flight. And because OU has played two bad teams, and because it finished last season so poorly, there is not one proven catalyst on the roster. Not one. Should one (or more) identify himself today? That would be exciting. Clay Horning Follow me @clayhorning cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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THE WAY WE SEE IT

Clay Horning

John Shinn

Corbin Hosler

Michael Kinney

K-State (+13 1/2) at Oklahoma Pick: Oklahoma 37-24 Kansas (+9 1/2) at N. Illinois Pick: N. Illinois 31-21 Maryland (+27 1/2) at W. Virginia Pick: W. Virginia 49-21 Virginia (+17 1/2) at TCU Pick: TCU 35-10 Missouri (+10) at S. Carolina Pick: S. Carolina 17-10 Cal (+15 1/2) at USC Pick: USC 42-24 Rutgers (+7 1/2) at Arkansas Pick: Arkansas 24-10 Michigan (+5 1/2) at Notre Dame Pick: Notre Dame 31-24 Clemson (+14) at Florida State Pick: Florida State 28-17 Florida Atlantic (+50) at Alabama Pick: Alabama 48-0 Temple (+9) at Penn State Pick: Penn State 31-13* Oregon State (+10) at UCLA Pick: UCLA 27-20

K-State (+13 1/2) at Oklahoma Pick: Oklahoma 31-17 Kansas (+9 1/2) at N. Illinois Pick: N. Illinois 27-14 Maryland (+27 1/2) at W. Virginia Pick: W. Virginia 49-10 Virginia (+17 1/2) at TCU Pick: TCU 24-14 Missouri (+10) at S. Carolina Pick: S. Carolina 28-17 Cal (+15 1/2) at USC Pick: USC 30-14 Rutgers (+7) at Arkansas Pick: Arkansas 24-20 Michigan (+5 1/2) at Notre Dame Pick: *Notre Dame 30-20 Clemson (+14) at Florida State Pick: Florida State 31-20 Florida Atlantic (+50) at Alabama Pick: Alabama 41-0 Temple (+9) at Penn State Pick: Penn State 30-14 Oregon State (+10) at UCLA Pick: UCLA 35-21

K-State (+13 1/2) at Oklahoma Pick: Oklahoma 27-21 Kansas (+9 1/2) at N. Illinois Pick: Kansas 31-18 Maryland (+27 1/2) at W. Virginia Pick: West Virginia 45-14* Virginia (+17 1/2) at TCU Pick: TCU 34-24 Missouri (+10) at S. Carolina Pick: South Carolina 31-14 Cal (+15 1/2) at USC Pick: USC 38-21 Rutgers (+7 1/2) at Arkansas Pick: Arkansas 24-7 Michigan (+5 1/2) at Notre Dame Pick: Michigan 34-21 Clemson (+14) at Florida State Pick: Florida State 35-24 Florida Atlantic (+50) at Alabama Pick: Alabama 59-14 Temple (+9) at Penn State Pick: Penn State 24-13 Oregon State (+10) at UCLA Pick: UCLA 38-21

K-State (+13 1/2) at Oklahoma Pick: Oklahoma 45-23 Kansas (+9 1/2) at N. Illinois Pick: N. Illinois 24-22 Maryland (+27 1/2) at W. Virginia Pick: West Virginia 42-28 Virginia (+17 1/2) at TCU Pick: TCU 32-16 Missouri (+10) at S. Carolina Pick: Missouri 25-24 Cal (+15 1/2) at USC Pick: USC 45-21 Rutgers (+7 1/2) at Arkansas Pick: Arkansas 32-24* Michigan (+5 1/2) at Notre Dame Pick: Notre Dame 33-30 Clemson (+14) at Florida State Pick: Florida State 49-32 Florida Atlantic (+50) at Alabama Pick: Alabama 63-17 Temple (+9) at Penn State Pick: Penn State 24-18 Oregon State (+10) at UCLA Pick: UCLA 45-37

Last week (overall) Straight up: 10-2 (24-4) Spread: 7-5 (15-9) * Lock: 1-0 (2-0)

Last week (overall) Straight up: 6-6 (15-9) Spread: 3-9 (9-15) * Lock: 0-1 (1-1)

Last week (overall) Straight up: 8-4 (16-8) Spread: 6-6 (12-12) * Lock: 1-0 (2-0)

Last week (overall) Straight up: 5-7 (15-9) Spread: 7-5 (11-13) * Lock: 0-1 (1-1)


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