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Unlikely heroes fill backfield void

NORMAN (AP)  They aren't quite Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, but Oklahoma running backs Abdul Adams and Trey Sermon are getting the job done for the third-ranked Sooners.

When Perine and Mixon left early for the NFL after last season, the Sooners were left searching for production at running back. Adams and Sermon have stepped up and been capable replacements, providing balance for quarterback Baker Mayfield and the nation's No. 1-ranked offense. Though Marcelias Sutton and Rodney Anderson have had their moments, coach Lincoln Riley said Adams and Sermon have moved ahead in the pecking order because of their versatility.

"A little bit of week-to-week there," Riley said. "I think those guys have performed the best in the games so far, no doubt about that. They'll get the first crack at it."

Adams, a sophomore, ran for 164 yards against Baylor, including a school-record 99-yard touchdown run, in Oklahoma's 49-41 win . He has 330 yards rushing this season going into this weekend's home game against Iowa State.

"He's one of the hardest workers I know," fullback Dimitri Flowers said. "In the offseason in summer workouts you can tell he wanted to make this year different. He's proven that."

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