The Oklahoma Sooners started the game off with a series of unfortunate events. On the opening drive, a fumble from Mark Andrews allowed the Tulane Green Wave to take over possession of the football on their own 35 yard line. A couple of pentalies later and Tulane found themselves in a first and goal situation. Gashing the OU defense on the ground, the Green Wave scored first to take an early 7-0 lead.
Answering quickly afterward, Baker Mayfield found CeeDee Lamb streaking down the field. Connecting with the true freshman receiver, Lamb found pay dirt to even the score at 7-7 in the first quarter. With an 82-yard strike, the young receiver etched his name in the record books with the longest touchdown by a freshman in Sooner history.
Continuing to struggle against the rushing attack of Tulane, those in attendance watched on as Oklahoma played from behind throughout the duration of the first quarter. It wasn’t until the second quarter of play that Oklahoma took their first lead of game.
Playing without the top two safeties on the depth chart, much of the pressure fell upon Parnell Motley and Jordan Thomas. As Johnathan Brantley dropped back to pass toward, the corners clamped down on defense. The effort led to an interception that Motley returned 77 yards for the score. Up by seven points, the only question that remained was: could the Sooners continue to find stops while facing this triple option offense of Tulane?
Apparently so as the defense refused to surrender a score in the final three quarters of play.
On the other side of the ball, the offense hummed along to produce a 56-14 victory despite the loss of Lamb who was ejected on a targeting call before the half. Stepping in without missing a beat, Marquise Brown took over. Securing six catches, the sophomore dashed away for 155 total yards and a touchdown. After not playing against Ohio State, Brown makes a great case to see more playing time moving forward.
Yet, the bigger story line may be the re-emergence of Abdul Adams. Rattling off 93 rushing yards on eight carries, Adams looked like the best back on the roster by far. Head Coach Lincoln Riley continues to utilize a slew of backs throughout the duration of the outing. In total, four different running backs touched the ball once again. It will be interesting to watch who receives the lion’s share of the carries moving forward.
Up next, the Oklahoma Sooners will face the Baylor Bears to being the conference portion of the schedule.