Oklahoma’s defense in the post Mike Stoops era looked a lot like the defense of the Mike Stoops era. Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. A struggling offense turns to a back up quarterback and suddenly they’re off to one of the best offensive outputs of the season. That pretty much sums up defensive life at OU.
The Sooners haven’t lost to TCU since the 2014 season and early on it looked like that wouldn’t even be a remote possibility. Oklahoma scored on four consecutive possessions to start the game, building a 28-7 lead, but TCU swapped quarterbacks and things got really interesting.
On his first drive at the helm, sophomore quarterback Michael Collins found KaVontae Turpin for a 41-yard touchdown. On the next drive he hit Jalen Reagor for a 33-yard touchdown strike. A TCU field goal cut Oklahoma’s lead to 28-25 at the half and sent the Sooners into the locker room with an uneasy feeling.
That uneasy feeling was quickly eliminated in the second half as adjustments on both sides of the ball led to the Sooners taking control of the game one more time. Oklahoma outscored TCU 24-3 over the final thirty minutes on their way to a 52-27 win.
At the end of the day, Oklahoma’s defense did look better. Despite the TCU barrage in the second half, we didn’t see any defenders looking to the sideline trying to figure out the play. We also didn’t see any timeouts burned on the defensive side of the ball.
The most important thing that happened though was the defense being able to collect themselves, adjust, and get control of the game again. Tackling still needs some work but at least there’s a foundation to build on.
Kyler Murray completed 19/24 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns and Kennedy Brooks ran for 168 yards and a score on 18 carries.