Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops feels much better about his group going into this year’s meeting.
“I think it’s night and day what we’re doing defensively compared to where we were a year ago,” he said. “I thought we played well at times in that game and got ourselves in position. Going back and watching it the other day, I thought we did some things to get ourselves back in the game and give ourselves an opportunity to win down the stretch.”
Clay etched himself in Bedlam lore with his 18-yard, game-winning touchdown run against Oklahoma State last season.
However, the Oklahoma senior running back did not consider the run or the Bedlam game the highlight of his junior season.
“My first 100-yard game last year against Iowa State, I felt like that was more of a confidence boost,” he said. “With that being said, that finale was something special.”
The 2012 Iowa State game was a breakout performance for Clay, who has rushed for a team-leading 843 yards this season. He rushed for 157 yards in the game. Until piling up 200 against Kansas State two weeks ago, it was a career high.
Sooners lose commit
Tight end Isaac Ijalana, a potential junior college transfer from Pierce (Calif.) Community College has decommitted from OU after announcing we would sign with the Sooners in November.
“After thinking about things, I feel like the best decision for me is to back away from my commitment to Oklahoma,” he tweeted.
That leaves Tulsa Union’s Carson Meier as the one tight end in the Sooners’ 2014 recruiting class. Tight ends on the current roster are senior Brannon Green and redshirt freshmen Taylor McNamara and Sam Grant. OU has used fullback Aaron Ripkowski in the spot since Trey Millard suffered a season-ending knee injury in October.
— John Shinn