Stoops Displeased with Scrimmage

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 05, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- An Oklahoma team that worked out just once during the week was rusty Saturday in a scrimmage at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. OU completed a 92-play scrimmage, the last major tune-up before next Saturday's Red/White Game.

"It was just OK," said Stoops, who postponed two practice during the week to allow a few injured players time to heal and return to playing form. "We practiced only once all week and it showed. We weren't too sharp and there were way too many penalties.

"But when one side isn't doing well, the other is and that's the way it is any time we scrimmage."

The defense had the better of it Saturday, although the offense did push across a pair of touchdowns. The first was a one-yard run by true freshman running back Justin Johnson. The play capped a nine-play, 70-yard march behind second-team quarterback Joey Halzle. 

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The second score was a 3-yard pass from Sam Bradford to Jermaine Gresham, the culmination of a seven-play, 70-yard drive.

The defense limited the offense to just 77 yards on 33 rushes. Sooner quarterbacks completed 33-of-60 for 416 yards

Cornerback Jonathan Nelson deflected two passes and picked off another. Linebacker Travis Lewis and defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger both logged sacks, while linebacker Keenan Clayton led the team with 11 tackles.

"The corners played exceptionally," Stoops said of his secondary. "Those guys have competed well.

"The defensive line has put on a lot of pressure too and that's the biggest thing."

The offense mixed in three trick plays, a flea-flicker, a tight end reverse to Gresham and a reverse pass. The rush for Gresham yielded four yards, but the others were less successful.

"They didn't really work like we had hoped, but we hadn't practiced them so you can't expect much yet," said Bradford.

Bradford was 13-of-20 for 158 yards and one touchdown. Joey Halzle completed 14-of-22 passes for 177 yards. Mossis Madu led the OU rushes with 11 carries for 38 yards.

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Scoring Plays
J. Johnson 1-yard run
(9 plays, 70 yards)
Gresham 3-yard pass from Bradford
(8 plays, 70 yards)
Madu 11-38
Nichol 4-23
J. Johnson 11-9
Clapp 3-6
Gresham 1-4
M. Johnson 1-0
Bradford 1-0
Halzle 1-(-3)
Player, Comp.-Att.-Int.-Yards-TD
Bradford 13-20-0-158-1
Halzle 14-22-0-177-0
Nichol 5-15-1-78-0
Jones 1-3-0-3-0
Passes Broken Up
Nelson 2
Clayton 1
Fleming 1
D. Jackson 1
Crow 1

Player, Rec.-Yards
Iglesias 5-53
Gresham 5-52
J. Johnson 4-18
Chaney 3-60
Ratterree 3-34
Caleb 2-41
Mensik 2-41
Stradford 2-39
Madu 2-31
Wilson 2-25
Whitson 2-19
Clapp 1-3

Tackles for Loss
Lewis 1
Nelson 1
Granger 1
Lewis 1
Granger 1

Nelson 1-0

Clayton 11
Lewis 7
Holmes 5
Bowers 4
Crow 4
Beal 4
Reynolds 4
Proctor 4
Nelson 4
Fleming 3
D. Jackson 3
B. Jackson 2
Carter 2
L. Robinson 2
Granger 2
Davis 1
Franks 1
Macon 1
Bennett 1
McCoy 1


Field Goals (made)
Stevens (9-14): (27); (30); (32); (35); (37); (42); 42; 43; (47); (49); (50); 52; (54); 54
Moreland (3-12): 27; (30); (32); 35; 37; 42; 42; (47); 49; 52; 54; 54

Knall: 11-43.8 yards, Long (56)



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