Sooners hold second scrimmage of spring on Saturday at Owen Field.
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.
The second score was a 3-yard pass from Sam Bradford
to Jermaine Gresham, the culmination of a seven-play,
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
"The corners played exceptionally," Stoops
said of his secondary. "Those guys have competed
"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
The Red/White Spring Game is set for Saturday, April
12, at 1 p.m. The contest will not be televised.
Spring Game tickets are $5 in advance or $10 the day
of the game. Purchase
online, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office
or by phone at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU. Children
5 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all
OU students with a valid student ID.
J. Johnson 1-yard run
(9 plays, 70 yards)
Gresham 3-yard pass from Bradford
(8 plays, 70 yards)
J. Johnson 11-9
M. Johnson 1-0
Passes Broken Up
D. Jackson 1
J. Johnson 4-18
Tackles for Loss
D. Jackson 3
B. Jackson 2
L. Robinson 2
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)