October 29, 2006

Notebook: OU grinds out win on ground

Columbia, Mo. -- Oklahoma's first game on the road without Adrian Peterson wasn't the biggest concern for the offense heading into Columbia. The loss of Branndon Braxton due to a broken fibula did seem to pose a more immediate concern.

Sooner coaches seemed to have plenty of confidence in true freshman Trent Williams, but playing a youngster on the road opened up the likelihood of inconsistency along the line.

Allen Patrick's rushing performance along with steady pass protection proved Williams more than capable as Braxton's fill-in.

"He looked pretty good. I didn't notice anything significant," said Kevin Wilson following the win. "I didn't see any major busts where it was his guy. I know he missed blocks like everyone or that he could have played better at certain times like every player, but he was playing early because we think he's a really good young player and he has a very calm demeanor so he doesn't get all excited. Missouri had some decent ends and he battled them and played well today."

The Sooners pounded Missouri throughout the second half. And the physical nature of the offensive line didn't appear to miss a beat against the Tigers.

But the best news for Oklahoma is that other teams will have to account for OU's running game even without Peterson and Braxton.

"I think running the ball the last two weeks like we have will really open up the passing game," said Wilson.

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