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Tulsa World - - Gameday - — Eric Bai­ley, Tulsa World

No is­sues with chem­istry

Watch­ing Kyler Mur­ray and Mar­quise Brown work to­gether Satur­day dur­ing Ok­la­homa’s 37-27 vic­tory over Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, likely re­minded many of another po­tent Soon­ers duo — Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Baker May­field and Heis­man fi­nal­ist Dede West­brook.

Brown caught nine passes for 191 yards, high­lighted by a 75-yard touch­down re­cep­tion af­ter beat­ing dou­ble cov­er­age.

“Real com­fort­able,” Brown said when de­scrib­ing his chem­istry with Mur­ray. “We’ve been prac­tic­ing it since sum­mer. That’s my guy. We just come out here and prac­tice how we play. If we’re feel­ing it in prac­tice, I know we’re go­ing to have a good Satur­day.”

And how was prac­tice this week? “Kyler, he told us we left a lot of plays on the field last week,” Brown said. “So you know, this week we just wanted to come out and max­i­mize on ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.”

Brown set a record for most re­ceiv­ing yards in a half with 189 on seven re­cep­tions (beat­ing his own mark of 178 yards set last year at Ok­la­homa State).

Brown now has 19 catches for 412 yards (av­er­ag­ing 21.7 yards per catch) and three TDs this sea­son. He’s av­er­ag­ing 137.3 yards re­ceiv­ing per game.

Red­shirt sea­son for Kelly?

Cur­tis Bolton suf­fered a mi­nor in­jury and had to come off the field for one play against the Cy­clones.

The line­backer wasn’t re­placed by ju­nior Caleb Kelly on the play, as de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Stoops turned to walk-on Bryan Mead.

Coach Lin­coln Ri­ley was asked about Kelly fol­low­ing the game and his an­swer may sur­prise some OU fans.

“We’re kind of eval­u­at­ing that po­si­tion right now. Caleb’s do­ing a good job. We are look­ing at it. He is a guy that does have a red­shirt year,” Ri­ley said. “Not to say that that’s what we’re go­ing to do, but this four-game deal starts to come into play. That was a fac­tor in that po­si­tion.

“I don’t know how it’s go­ing to play out. I don’t want ev­ery head­line now to say that we’re go­ing to red­shirt Caleb Kelly. I don’t know what we’re go­ing to do. But that was a fac­tor in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.”

Added Stoops: “We’d hate to waste a year just kind of ro­tat­ing two guys of that mag­ni­tude. We feel like Caleb has a huge up­side and we want him to de­velop into the player that we think he can be.”

Kelly has played in two games and can play in two more while main­tain­ing red­shirt sta­tus this sea­son.

Run­ning backs pick up slack

Mur­ray was OU’s lead­ing rusher, with 77 yards and 15 car­ries, though it should be noted that sev­eral of those runs came from pass­ing sit­u­a­tions (scram­bles and sacks).

The Soon­ers leaned on run­ning backs Trey Ser­mon and Marcelias Sut­ton to carry most of the load in the ab­sence of the in­jured Rod­ney An­der­son, and they did fine. Ser­mon fin­ished with 74 yards on 13 car­ries, and Sut­ton added 21 on nine.

“I think they played about like we

Austin Seibert had a com­plete foot­ball game.

The se­nior punter and place-kicker made all three of his field-goal at­tempts (21, 31 and 42 yards), av­er­aged 48.5 yards on two punts and reg­is­tered touch­backs on all eight of his kick­offs.

“You guys know I’ve al­ways been a big be­liever in him. Know what the kid’s made of, know what the kid’s had to do here, all those jobs for all those years, it’s hard, and he’s done it well,” Ri­ley said.

When Ok­la­homa was try­ing to ice the game in the fourth quar­ter, Ri­ley stayed ag­gres­sive with a 34-27 lead know­ing that he had Seibert in his back pocket.

“I was try­ing to hit it, get the first down, try to get the big play. Part of my thought process re­ally was, ‘If we lose a cou­ple (yards) there, I feel re­ally good about our kicker,’ ” Ri­ley said. “So it’s nice when you feel that as a coach. Feel like you can be ag­gres­sive. And if it doesn’t work, like it didn’t, and I didn’t do a good job, maybe he can make a big kick for our team.”

Seibert’s 42-yard field goal with 2:51 re­main­ing made it a two-pos­ses­sion game.


Ok­la­homa coach Lin­coln Ri­ley (right) calls for a re­view of a play dur­ing the sec­ond half Satur­day against Iowa State. Ri­ley praised the work of OU’s new-look run­ning back corps, led by Trey Ser­mon and Marcelias Sut­ton.

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