Saturday, November 27, 2010
Diamonds are Sooners best friend
By David Ubben
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma debuted its new diamond formation last week against Baylor. Judging from Oklahoma's first touchdown drive, Oklahoma State could have used some more tape on it.
Oklahoma did a little of everything using the formation on its 11-play, 82-yard drive to go up 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
That's a bit ironic, considering Oklahoma State is where Oklahoma got the basic idea for the formation. Cowboys offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen has been using the formation for most of the year.
For Oklahoma, running backs DeMarco Murray and Roy Finch and fullback Trey Millard surround quarterback Landry Jones in the formation, and the Sooners can use a variety of fakes and misdirections out of it to move the ball.
Millard finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run -- his first carry of the day -- and made it look a little too easy. You can expect Oklahoma to keep using it until the Cowboys figure out how to stop it.