Oklahoma 63 – Florida Atlantic 14 | Notes & Quotes

Quotes

“Very excited about the win today. It’s a game that definitely had our attention. Like we talked about Monday, nothing but respect to Florida Atlantic. It was one of those games where we got on a little bit of a run. Really proud of how we played, first downs, especially that kind of opening surge defensively, holding it down even after the first personal foul penalty toward the end of the first drive. Offensively, taking it and scoring and stopping them again and then we got the punt blocked for a touchdown right after that, which was kind of one of the biggest special teams plays and that we’ve been looking for. Lee Morris did a great job on that block and Curtis Bolton recovered, and there was kind of a surge of energy from there, and we just rode that wave of momentum the rest of the way through. Very proud of the way we handled it, and that’s a good football team. They’re going to win a lot of games. The (quarterback) is really, really impressive. We made it tough on him, which I think was the key to the game. If he starts getting loose and throwing, it becomes more of an issue, so the yards that he did get, we made him earn it. That was a big key to the game – made it a little bit one-dimensional, and like I said, we got on a pretty good run on all three sides of the ball. Excited about the win, very much appreciate our home crowd. I thought the atmosphere the entire first half was really good, really electric. Our guys fed off of them, they fed off of our guys and that’s how it should be at a place like Oklahoma  – the crowd should be great, the team should be playing well and they should feed off each other and create a great environment, and we absolutely had that today. Very appreciative of the Sooner Nation.” – Lincoln Riley Opening Statement

“He handled it well. There were definitely some nerves. Everybody has nerves before the first game – it doesn’t matter if you’ve coached for this long or had this many starts, you never know exactly what the first one’s going to be like. Even though he’s played and that helped, the fact that he’s played here and he started at Texas A&M, that probably helped, but there were definitely some nerves. Our guys played well around him. He played very well himself – very efficient. He played very much within himself, threw the ball well. I think he only missed one throw the entire game, one ball on our sideline there. I thought he was very efficient.” – Riley on Kyler Murray

“We just tackled ‘ok’ for us, I would say. Average, not awful. The thing we did well at tackling was, we had multiple guys to the ball all day, so the majority of the time, when we missed a tackle, the next guy was there to clean it up. We were really flying to the football. Too many times where we were trying to get a guy’s shoulder – we’ve got to wrap it up and we’ll continue obviously to get tested there. I thought we covered well. We had people on them the entire day. I think that was part of it was us being able to shut down the run and part of it was I thought our (defensive backs) did a good job and our young safeties did a nice job communicating and also handling (FAU’s) tempo  was going to be an issue and I thought our guys really did well with that.” – Riley on the defense 

“I feel like the whole game was kind of like a statement drive. It was a really good thing to drive with the offense and get in the end zone again.” – Rodney Anderson on Oklahoma’s first offensive drive

“It’s always good when you’re a defensive player and you’re getting hands on the ball, regardless of whether that be on special teams but it’s a good feeling. It’s not a feeling I get to experience too often.” – Curtis Bolton on his special teams touchdown

“We reload here. It is always going to be the next man up mentality, so whoever is in we try to execute.” – Marquise Brown on Oklahoma’s offense

Notes

• Oklahoma improved to 95-23-6 all-time in season openers and to 77-15-4 in home openers.
• The Sooners improved to 24-2 all-time as the No. 7 team in the AP poll and have won their last eight games when holding that ranking.
• Oklahoma scored nine touchdowns (five rushing, three passing and one special teams), its most in a season opener since racking up 11 TDs against North Texas to begin the 2007 campaign.
• Oklahoma produced 650 total yards of offense (334 passing, 316 rushing). The Sooners have surpassed 600 yards of offense in eight of the 15 games of the Lincoln Riley head coaching era.
• Seven Sooners made their first career starts: LB Curtis Bolton, TE Grant Calcaterra, LB Mark Jackson Jr., LB Ryan Jones, DE Kenneth Mann, FB Carson Meier and DB Brendan Radley-Hiles.
• The blocked punt by Lee Morris (and recovered for a touchdown by LB Curtis Bolton) was Oklahoma’s first blocked punt in five seasons (Matt Dimon vs. Kansas in 2013). It was also OU’s first blocked punt returned for a TD since 2002 (Will Peoples scored vs. Texas Tech).
• Oklahoma scored its first three touchdowns in the first quarter within a three-minute span.
• The last time OU scored 28 points in the first quarter was in 2008 against Nebraska, when the Sooners scored 35 points.
• Kyler Murray, Austin Kendall and Tanner Mordecai combined to complete 19-of-23 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns.
• Saturday’s win was OU’s 10th 300-yard rushing game since 2015 when Riley joined the Sooners as offensive coordinator.
• OU’s 42 points were its most in a first half of a season opener since 2008 (50 vs. Chattanooga).

 

 

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