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Oklahoma coach Stoops revels in Westbrook’s October surge

Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook makes a TD catch Saturday against Kansas, his 11th scoring grab in five October games against Big 12 opponents.
Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook makes a TD catch Saturday against Kansas, his 11th scoring grab in five October games against Big 12 opponents. AP

The calendar officially flips Tuesday to November. But Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said Monday he will never forget the magical month that Sooners’ receiver Dede Westbrook enjoyed in October while shredding Big 12 defenses.

The final totals: five games, 40 catches, 881 yards and 11 touchdowns. All accumulated in Sooners’ victories, capped by last week’s 56-3 rout of Kansas that moved No. 12 Oklahoma (6-2, 5-0 in Big 12) back on top of the Big 12 football standings heading into the final month of the season.

Westbrook, a senior who had only four TD catches last season, did not find the end zone this year until grabbing two scoring strikes in a 52-46 victory over TCU on Oct. 1. But he added multiple-TD games against Texas (3), Kansas State (3) and Texas Tech (2) before grabbing one last week against Kansas to complete his Red October run.

In those five contests, Westbrook averaged eight receptions and 176.2 receiving yards per game, with 11 TD catches.

“When he’s healthy, he’s hard to deal with. I think everyone on our team feels that way,” Stoops said during Monday’s conference call with Big 12 coaches. “We’ve had some special receivers. He’s right there with any of them and maybe better than most of them.”

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