The Oklahoma Sooners needed a running back to step up on Saturday against the Iowa State Cyclones with their primary weapon injured and Brennan Clay did just that. Damien Williams, who was carrying most of the load for the Sooners on the ground, was very limited on Saturday due to an injury he sustained a week prior. Clay came in and had somewhat of a breakout game, with 24 carries and 157 yards and a touchdown. His previous game high was 64, which was last season against Tulsa.
Last season’s breakout star, Dom Whaley has been relatively quiet so far this season. He had a season-ending injury late in 2011 but hasn’t had the same spark since.
Clay had high expectations when he arrived in Norman. The California native, along with Tony Jefferson and Kenny Stills were dubbed the Cali-Trio. Two of the three have exceeded expectations so far, so it was nice to see Clay living up to his given nickname.
Even head coach Bob Stoops was asked about Clay’s involvement on Saturday:
Brennan is doing great. I think he did a great job the other day in finding space and waiting for some blocks to develop. I though the guys up front did better blocking and creating space for him.
Clay on Saturday after the game:
I had my opportunity today and I came in and was able to step up. That’s what they expect so that’s what I had to do.
When it comes to injuries on the offense, the Sooners have been very unlucky in 2012. With only 4 games left on the regular season schedule, it may be time to get the bubble-wrap out.