No Oklahoma Sooners fan could have saw this coming. Damien Williams was banged up heading into the game with the Iowa State Cyclones, and Bob Stoops said that Dominique Whaley would get the start if Williams couldn't go. In the game on Nov. 3, Williams did go but didn't last long. Then Brennan Clay came in and carried the load, running for the biggest game of his career.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Clay finished the game with 24 carries for 157 yards and one touchdown. Before this game, Clay's biggest performance of his three-year career was 64-yards against Tulsa in 2011.
"He's an example for our other players," Stoops said. "When you get your time, what are you going to do with it? Are you sitting around not ready? Or when you have the opportunity, do you take advantage of it? He took advantage of it."
Whaley was the leading rusher in 2011 until a broken ankle ended his season. Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said that Whaley is back but he does not have the burst that he did in 2011. As a result, Whaley is only one of a handful of runners that OU can rely on and this week it was Clay who stepped up.
To understand the Sooners' offense, Williams has 604 yards, Whaley has 241 and now Clay has 220. The three runners have combined for 11 touchdowns on the ground this season.
"I had my opportunity today and I came in and was able to step up," Clay said. "That's what they expect so that's what I had to do."
That's what being an Oklahoma Sooners' football player is all about.