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October 18, 2013

Sooners aim to bounce back against Jayhawks


BELLDOZER UNTRACKED: Sooners quarterback Blake Bell was just 12 of 26 for 133 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions against the Longhorns. In three of its last four games against the Jayhawks, Oklahoma has thrown for at least 300 yards and three TDs. “We’re going to get better,” Bell said. “Me and all the receivers, the more we get timing down and know what we’re doing, we’ll be able to make plays and hit some shots down the field.”

BIG SLOWDOWN: Kansas went with an ultra-conservative game plan last week against TCU in an attempt to minimize risk. The result was a dreadfully boring affair, but one in which the Jayhawks were competitive until the fourth quarter. “You have to play to the strength of your team,” Weis explained. “That is the defense for us.”

FLOTILLA OF RBS: Brennan Clay leads the Sooners with 476 yards rushing, but there are a bunch of guys fighting for carries. Damien Williams and Roy Finch have taken snaps, and speedy freshman Keith Ford recently joined the mix. “He’s fast,” Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “He has a chance to make a lot of explosive plays.”

COACHING CHANGES: The Jayhawks shook up coaching staff responsibilities this week in an attempt to generate more offense. Quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus is handling the passing game and tight ends coach Jeff Blasko the running game while Weis oversees the whole thing. “Coach has always been open to ideas,” Powlus said. “It’s just the way we presented them was a little bit different. ... But we all work together and did no different this week.”

BIG 12 HOPES: The Sooners still believe they can win the conference title, which they did after losses to Texas in 2006 and 2008. They still play league-unbeatens Texas Tech and Baylor, along with Oklahoma State. “We can still win the Big 12,” Sooners offensive lineman Daryl Williams said, “and possibly go to the championship if we win out.”

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