The Oklahoma Sooners clashed with the Ohio State Buckeyes in the must-see game of the week. On the road in Columbus, Ohio with the label of “underdog,” Ogbo Okoronkwo and the rest of the crew looked to silence all doubters. Doing just that, the defense laid the foundation in the first half which paved the way to victory in the second.

Charged with the task of forcing J.T. Barrett to throw the ball — due to growing accuracy concerns — the defensive line contained the lethal quarterback. Recording three sacks to go alongside three quarterback hurries, the front seven kept Barrett out of sync with the receivers all evening. It was this single aspect of the game which laid the foundation for success early on.

Yet, the secondary may receive more credit than the front seven. Asked to cover quick and capable receivers, the duo of Jordan Thomas and Parnell Motley held the challengers at bay. Refusing to allow players to get behind the defense, receivers rare found a window. When an opportunity opened up — as it always will — Barrett remained unable to capitalize leading to possibly the biggest single play of the game…

With 3:43 remaining in regulation, the Oklahoma offense drove the field. The result was a 7 play 64-yard drive putting the Sooners up 24-13. On the first snap for the Buckeyes’ offense, corner Parnell Motley baited Barrett into what appeared to be an easy completion on the surface. Breaking on the throw, Motley positioned himself between the ball and the receiver to secure the interception. The single play all but sealed the deal for OU on the road.

In total, the defense held the Buckeyes to under 400 yards of offense. Surrendering a single touchdown, more and more fans will begin to take notice of the product on the field. Hoping to secure a spot in the national championship, OU took a step in the right direction despite being asked to overcome two turnovers.

The Chase For Eight is alive!