Wrapping it up: OU at KU

OU running back Roy Finch

A lot of good and some bad as OU is able to earn a win at Kansas in an uneven performance.

Going to start a new weekly feature called "wrapping it up." Essentially it is going to be taking one last look at the week that was and start looking toward the week that will be.

Game No. 7: OU 34, Kansas 19

OU's rush defense is a problem

The Sooners made some adjustments in the second half, but OU is going to have problems with teams that know how to run the ball.

OU has been built for a 3-3-5 defense, but the key to that is having a strong nose tackle. Without Jordan Phillips, that presence is not there.

Jordan Wade is playing solid. Not great, not horrible. OU was without Torrea Peterson for this one as OU coach Bob Stoops said he was suspended one game because of academic issues.

OU has repeatedly been gashed up the middle against Kansas and Texas in the last two weeks. No Phillips and no linebacker Corey Nelson, and OU cannot run the same defense it wants.

OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops will have to make some adjustments somewhere in giving the Sooners some more power in the middle.

Depth continues to be a concern

No Phillips. No Nelson. And now maybe no Julian Wilson or Adam Shead? Both left the game with apparent shoulder injuries and didn't return.

Wilson looked like he was injured on a special teams play in the first half, while Shead was nicked up in the second half.

Shead has had a bad history of injuries during his time at OU and this could be another blow. Stoops said there was no way of knowing the status of either one of them following the game. He will address it Monday at his weekly press conference.

Finch continues to make plays

Was sitting next to a Baltimore Ravens scout at the game, and he had all sorts of questions about Roy Finch. Add him to the list of people confused about how the Sooners are using his unique talents.

Finch rushed for 53 yards on seven attempts, had a reception for 11 yards and added a 29-yard kickoff return.

No doubt Finch isn't going to get 15-20 carries a game, but he is doing a good job of staying focused and making his limited touches count. His elusiveness and quick feet brings something nobody else has to the table.

Is Ford done?

If you know one thing about Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, it's that they value ball security over just about everything else.

Freshman running back Keith Ford has been dynamic this season for OU, impressing people with how he has run over people.

But Stoops and Heupel each brought up how Ford fumbled out of bounds against Texas. He put it on the ground again, losing the fumble to Kansas in the first quarter.

Ford rushed for 19 yards on three carries and didn't see the ball again after the turnover. It will be interesting to see if Ford continues to see time.

Striker, Tapper impressive

The discipline is starting to be there for sophomore linebacker Eric Striker. Nobody has been able to contain Striker off the edge, but he has been coming upfield too undisciplined and overpursuing.

That wasn't a problem against KU where Striker was a force once again. He had a sack and another time his pressure sent him right to Charles Tapper who recorded the sack.

Tapper has been impressive all season, but his worst game was last week against Texas. He responded with a great outing Saturday with two sacks and three tackles for loss.

Strange game

No fancy name for it, just strange. Two blocked punts, one for each side. A missed extra point by both teams. A blocked extra point by Jordan Wade returned for two points by Aaron Colvin. No rhyme or reason to this one, but OU gets out with the win.

Up next

Stage is set for OU to make another statement this year as undefeated Texas Tech comes to town. The Red Raiders are 7-0 and won at West Virginia this weekend. Kick is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. CST on FOX.

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