The question coming into the game was not if the Sooners would win this game, but if they would struggle in doing so and emerge injury free. Well the verdict is in and the Sooners not only dominated the Jayhawks, but escaped without any significant injuries. The Sooners amassed 56 points en route to a thorough dismantling of the Jayhawks.
Sooner fans have been clamoring for a while for the Sooners to play a number of their young talented players and that finally happened tonight. Some of it was because of injuries (Obo), but it also seems as if other upper classmen are losing their spots.
Ricky DeBerry and Caleb Kelly started at linebacker for the Sooners and Will Sunderland made an early appearance and was in the middle of a PBU. Yes the opponent was Kansas, but rotating in more talented players was a huge positive for the Sooners and it showed on the field tonight. I simply don’t see how the Sooners can not continue to involve these guys going forward. They are simply too good to keep off the field.
DEDE WESTBROOK SHOW
Not only is Dede climbing to the top of the Biletnikoff list, but is a sleeper for the Heisman. He was ridiculous yet again for the Sooners having over 200 all purpose yards and 2 TDs. He also electrified the crowd with this punt return for a TD
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 29, 2016
The Sooners defense gave up a total of 169 yards and forced 2 turnovers. The highlight of the night came on this pick 6 by Jordan Evans.
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 30, 2016
This game and the game on Thursday in Ames (no easy contest) will serve as warm up games for the Sooners stretch run against Baylor, WVU, and OKState. Figuring out the miscommunications, blown assignments, and generally getting healthy will be a key for the Sooners to finish what started out a disappointing season on a high note.
The Sooners have a bunch of significant injuries. Obo, Charles Walker, Matt Romar, Matt Dimon, Samaje Perine, and Jarvis Baxter are just a few. Getting these guys back Sooner (no pun intended) rather than later will go along ways to solidifying a defense that has been beyond shaky.
BIG 12 CHAMPS?
Don’t look now, but the Sooners set alone atop the Big 12. While I know it’s not the position that everyone wanted at the beginning of the season (how did they lose to Houston again), winning the Big 12 championship and landing a big time recruiting class can continue to allow the Sooners to amass talent. The other result would have been disastrous.