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5 things to know about Oklahoma, Oregon’s Alamo Bowl opponent

OregonLive.com logo OregonLive.com 12/5/2021 James Crepea, oregonlive.com

1) Bob Stoops is serving as interim head coach

With Lincoln Riley leaving for USC Bob Stoops returned to OU to serve as interim coach for the bowl game. Stoops went 190-48 with the Sooners, who he last coached in the 2017 Sugar Bowl.

2) They start a true freshman quarterback

Caleb Williams took over for Spencer Rattler, who has since entered the transfer portal after immense offseason hype. Williams is completing 62.5% of his passes for 1,670 yards with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions and had 401 rushing yards and six scores in 10 games. Other than a massive 402 yards and six touchdowns against Texas Tech, Williams hasn’t thrown for 300 yards in a game this season.

3) The Sooners can create havoc


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Nik Bonitto (15 tackles for loss), Isaiah Thomas (11.5 TFLs) and Perrion Winfrey (11 TFLs) all create problems in the backfield. Thomas leads OU with eight sacks and Bonitto has seven.

4) Kennedy Brooks is the bell cow

Brooks leads the Sooners with 184 carries for 1,111 yards and 10 touchdowns. He does most of his damage in the fourth quarter, with six of his scores coming in the final frame, and is coming off back-to-back 100-yard games against Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

Brooks isn’t much of a threat to catch out of the backfield, with just six catches for 49 yards.

5) Marvin Mims can take the top off

OU’s top receiver has just 30 catches but he averages 21.6 yards per reception, fourth highest in the FBS, for a team-high 648 yards with four touchdowns. He has seven catches for over 40 yards, which is tied for eighth in the FBS.

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