Sooner ground game shines in spring scrimmage


Sunday, April 14th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6



NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Nate Hybl passed for 200 yards and two touchdowns and the Oklahoma rushing attack gained 132 yards in a Sunday afternoon scrimmage.

The scrimmage had been scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed because of heavy rains.

Hybl was 12-for-18 and connected with receiver Brandon Jones for both scores, a 15-yard strike and one from 44 yards. Hybl also had two interceptions.

Brent Rawls was 7-of-15 for 122 yards, including a 49-yard TD to Will Peoples.

Of the 63 plays ran, 41 were on the ground, which yielded 132 yards. Aside from seven quarterback sacks, the running backs gained 135 yards on 28 attempts.

Renaldo Works had 34 yards on eight carries to lead all rushers.

``There is no question that we're getting more physical play out of our offensive line than any time since we've been here,'' said coach Bob Stoops.

Linebacker Teddy Lehman had eight tackles to lead the defense.

Tommie Harris practiced for the first time in a week and had two sacks in the scrimmage.

Cornerback Derrick Strait, safety Brandon Everage and end Dan Cody did not play.

``I thought they (the defensive unit) were really solid and made some good stops,'' Stoops said. ``There were a few mistakes here and there, but that's a sign of what our offense is doing, plus we're missing guys like, Derrick, Brandon and Dan.''

The Sooners have four practices left this spring, including the annual Red/White game Saturday at 1 p.m.