November 21, 2006

Brown starts new reign on top?

Oklahoma's 36-10 victory over the Baylor Bears was a crucial one for the Sooners as they approach 10 wins in a season that many had written off any possibility of having after the loss of Adrian Peterson. The win also kept Oklahoma's hopes of a Big 12 championship game appearance alive with help from Texas A&M still needed to see the previously deemed impossible happen. Take a look at all the stars of the pivotal Sooner win in this week's Hot 11.

1. Chris Brown, Running Back - Stats: 24 carries, 169 yards, one touchdown
Analysis: Well, one week it's Brown's first run out in the Hot 11, and the next he climbs to the top spot with a strong performance against the Bears. Brown isn't the game breaking freshman that Peterson was, but who is? However, that didn't stop him from having one of the best first starts in school history as he broke one tackle after another and continued to run hard from start to finish. With the return of Allen Patrick up in the air for next week, the Sooners have to feel good about Brown.

2. C.J. Ah You, Defensive End - Stats: Four tackles for loss, two sacks, one pass blocked, one quarterback hurry
Analysis: The more I watch the defensive ends play, the more I'm convinced that the early season woes had little to do with the much ballyhooed trio of Sooner pass rushers and more to do with offensive lines giving little credit, or concern, to Oklahoma's young defensive tackles. As lines are no longer able to ignore Oklahoma's interior defense, the ends have been able to cause more havoc, a role that Ah You filled easily on Saturday playing possibly the best game of his Sooner career.

3. Malcolm Kelly, Wide Receiver - Stats: Five catches, 115 yards, one touchdown
Analysis: Kelly was robbed of a few yards and a touchdown by a phantom defender reaching up and plucking a long ball from his arms in the first quarter. However, Kelly may have made the greatest catch of his career going one-handed behind himself to field an errant Paul Thompson pass. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Kelly is quietly putting together a potential 1,000 yard season and in order to do so, he'll need every long gain he can get. Imagine the irony of one of his few mistakes costing him every receiver's goal.

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