October 19, 2007

Kelly's role expands after CU collapse

When Oklahoma travels to Ames, Iowa, to take on the Iowa State this weekend, they'll be playing their first true road game since losing to Colorado back on Sept. 29th.

And when Malcolm Kelly and the Sooner offense take the field against Gene Chizik and the Cyclone defense, they'll have had two weeks to correct the offensive problems they encountered in Boulder.

Make no mistake about it, Kevin Wilson and his staff have put in long hours trying to come up with ways to get Kelly more involved in the offense since that day.

Last Saturday, Missouri tried employing some of the same defensive concepts the Buffalos employed to take Kelly out of the game.

But this time, the Sooners had a few answers for their cover two defensive scheme.

Bradford and Kelly hooked up time and time again early in that contest. But instead of throwing the ball over the top of the Tiger defense, the two hooked up through the heart of the Missouri secondary with several well-placed and well-timed slant passes.

It was an aspect of the Oklahoma passing game that hadn't been shown up to that point. And an aspect of the offense opposing teams will now have to respect.

"It's good. Just him throwing those slant routes shows people a different phase of the offense," said Kelly. "For me as a receiver, now they're watching on film and watching us run short stuff and now they're biting and we can run it past them."

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