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December 11, 2013

Playmaking Wilson stepping up for the Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. — Before the season began, Julian Wilson let it be known he was going to be more of a playmaker for Oklahoma. No longer was he going to settle for just breaking up passes, the nickelback wanted to be a game changer.

Wilson proved as good as his word in last Saturday’s Bedlam game. When his team needed a jolt, the Southmoore alum stepped up with one of the biggest plays of OU’s 33-24 victory at Boone Pickens Stadium.

“It’s a big-time game,” Wilson said. “Coming into this game, coaches already let us know it was going to be a close, hard-fought game. And that we were going to be in situations and we just have to come out and handle adversity at any point.”

That adversity presented itself right before the half when starting quarterback Trevor Knight was injuered and could not return. Backup quarterback Kendal Thompson threw an interception on the first play of the third quarter. Oklahoma State took advantage of the miscue to grab a 17-10 lead.

The Sooners did nothing when they got the ball back, putting OSU in position to grab full control of the game.

“You’re without your best linebacker, he’s gone,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “You’re without your best defensive lineman, he’s gone. We played a game or two without Aaron Colvin, he’s out there banged up with a bad turf toe … Trevor goes down and I’m probably missing somebody with all of the injuries we had, it’s just how it is.”

Needing someone to make a play, Wilson stepped up. On third-and-5 in Sooner territory, he figured out where OSU quarterback Clint Chelf was going with the ball, stepped in front and reeled in an interception.

“The bye week helped us get a jump on our opponent … I sat on the out route and just slipped in once the ball was thrown,” Wilson said. “I knew the out route was coming. It was third-and-5 and to the boundary. I knew it was coming.”

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