NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops admitted he's usually hesitant to call for punt blocks because of the risk involved. If it isn't successful, a team runs the risk of running into — or worse, roughing — the punter.
But during last week's preparation for the Kansas game, first-year special teams coordinator Jay Boulware noticed a potential opportunity while watching the Jayhawks' punt coverage unit on film.
“We saw a weakness, and I made Coach Stoops aware of it,” Boulware said. “We felt like we had a good chance, and we were gonna apply some pressure on them.”
The gamble paid off in the second quarter, when freshman defensive end Matt Dimon blocked a punt deep in Kansas territory for a safety, completely changing the momentum in Oklahoma's eventual 34-19 victory.
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