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College Football Report: No. 19 Oklahoma vs. Kansas State

NORMAN, OK (KSWO) - 574 yards and eight touchdowns. For a lot of receivers, that's a good body of work for an entire season. Dede Westbrook has racked up those numbers in the last three weeks alone. His latest exploits, nine catches 184 yards and three scores in the Sooners' 38-17 win over Kansas State.

“You know, he's separating. Dede's doing a lot for us. Similar to what Shep did last year, in a different way,” states Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley. “You know, like I said, Shep's were more over the middle. The short stuff. When Dede gets one-on-one, he can win down the field. So that's been important for us. Teams have tried to load up to stop our run game, and it's given us those match-ups. And he's winning most of those right now.”

“Dede's been capable of what he's doing right now all along,” says Quarterback Baker Mayfield. “That's why he was such a highly recruited JUCO guy. So, we've been waiting for that for a while. You have a guy like Shep last year, it kind of covers up what Dede is capable of. But he's been able to do this all along. It's just the fact that this year he is finally healthy and you guys are seeing it.”

Westbrook wasn't the only star to show up for Oklahoma. With Samaje Perine's early exit, the Sooner ground rested on the shoulders of Joe Mixon, and number 25 responded with 148 total yards including a rare touchdown pass in the 2nd quarter.

“Joe was sensational running the football. Really, a good defense missed him on a number of occasions and get extra yards. Ran tough in a lot of instances. Caught the ball well. Had a big kick-off return. And then goes and throws a touchdown pass, you know. So I guess that's the first one since Joe Washington,” states Head Coach Bob Stoops.

Riley says, “You know, running backs you sometimes get big, bruising guys that that's just not their deal. But fortunately when you have a guy like Joe that's so versatile, there's so many things you can do with a guy like that.”

Defensively, OU was again without several starters. But outside of a hand full of plays, the Sooners delivered one of their best outings of 2016

“Overall I thought we played, played pretty well. Thought there's some things we still struggle with, but we're getting better,” says Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops. “We're starting to build a little more consistency in what we're doing, but we've still got a way to go to keep pushing and start building some consistency with our lineups.”

That OU defense will face a much more potent offense next week when the Sooners travel to Lubbock for a tussle with Texas Tech.

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