MANHATTAN, Kan. — Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay knew he was going to get the ball a lot Saturday. Fellow running back Damien Williams didn’t make the trip due to a suspension. The temperature was below freezing and there was a brisk wind out of the north.
All the factors helped OU’s 41-31 victory over Kansas State turn into a career day for Clay. He rushed for a career-high 200 yards on a career-high 31 carries.
“The fact I was going to be able to touch the ball a little more and get into more of a rhythm. Someone had to pick up that slack,” Clay said. With Damien being out, him and I feed off each other. That’s the rhythm that we have. But we missed him this week. The O-line did a great job. I wasn’t getting touched for four or five yards. That helped out tremendously.”
With two games left in the season, Clay will get even more touches after OU coach Bob Stoops announced Monday that Williams had been dismissed from the team.
On the record: Stoops has downplayed the significance of become the program’s all-time winningest coach all season. He wasn’t very reflective after picking up career win 158 to pass Barry Switzer Saturday afternoon.
“I don’t look at anything at all individually,” he said. “I’m supported by a great administration that’s been here for all 15 years. I’ve had great coaches, assistant coaches that’ve had a hand in it and great young men to work with every day. Students and coaches, managers, trainers. We’ve had a good group here for a good period of time, but I don’t have time to look at it to be honest with you. It’s something down the road where I’ll reflect back.”