The Oklahoma Sooners played exceptionally well on both sides of the ball Saturday. Facing a Kansas State team rumored to attempt controlling the clock, the revamped OU defense denied the Wildcats time and time again. Ultimately, Lincoln Riley would produce a 51-14 victory as Oklahoma’s title chances remain alove and we’ll.
Kyler Murray, A Heisman Finalist In The Making
It’s no secret that quarterback Kyler Murray possesses a level of athleticism others only dream to obtain. Flashing moments of greatness, the starter threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns while adding another on the ground. In a year where the QB play is down in the conference, Murray continues to shine. Behind a four score outing, it appears as though Murray will once again earn a Big 12 weekly award. At the current pace, the signal caller completes 72.3% of hisbpasses, has racked up nearly 2,000 yards, and has accounted for 25 passing touchdowns on the year. Add in the production on the ground and it would be a mistake if Murray failed to appear in NYC for the Heisman presentation.
A Bright Future at Running Back
Although Trey Sermon started the game, it was once again another back stealing the spot light. Lighting up opponents, Kennedy Brooks has the speed the rest of the group lacks. Gathering the ball and rushing past the line of scrimmage, the freshman posted 94 yards on five carries including a score. Providing a spark, the offense once again hummed behind the first dominant offensive line performance in my opinion.
As a compliment, fellow freshman TJ Pledger carried the ball after the game was in hand. On 13 attempts the youngster collected an average of seven yards per touch. The future of the position looks bright!
Defensive Improvements Continue
Knowing Alex Barnes was coming to town, the defense prepared for a difficult test. Proving worthy, Barnes was held to 28 total yards on the afternoon. As a team Oklahoma surrendered just 245 total yards of offense to K-State. ‘Ruffin’ up other teams, the simplification of the schematics is clearly paying dividends. As competition ramps up toward the end of the season, it’ll be interesting to watch how far this defense has come since the beginning of October.