Backed by the play of transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Red team outgunned the White team on Friday night to the tune of 35-14. The former Alabama quarterback was 9-of-12 for 141 and a score in the first half. That performance alone was more than enough to solidify him as Oklahoma’s next starter in the eyes of the 50,000-plus fans who were in attendance.
Tanner Mordecai was the first quarterback to take the field for the Sooners, and while he wasn’t terrible he certainly appeared to be a few steps behind Hurts in development.
Mordecai had the longest play of the game with a 58-yard touchdown pass but truthfully Lee Morris did the majority of the work on the play.
Post Game Thoughts
There Is No Quarterback Competition
The fans were right on Friday. This is Jalen Hurts’ team and there was nothing that happened on the field to cause for that to be in doubt. Hurts finished the night 11-of-14 for 174 yards and a score, while also running for another touchdown.
Mordecai was 11-of-24 for 142 yards with a touchdown and also the game’s only interception. Again, Mordecai wasn’t terrible, he just isn’t quite on par with Hurts.
Freshmen Receivers Looked The Part
Outside of the quarterback, and possibly the offensive line, folks wanted to see the new receivers and they looked every bit capable of playing this fall. Trejan Bridges, Jadon Haselwood, Theo Wease, and Austin Stogner were all more than impressive. Each recorded multiple catches with Wease hauling in two scores.
Still A Lot Of Work To Do On Defense
Oklahoma’s offense was as explosive as usual on Friday night but that also means there are still issues on the defensive side of the ball to address. The touchdown pass to Lee Morris is a great example of this. A missed tackle is what sprung him free for the score.
As popular as offense is at Oklahoma, there were a lot of eyes on the defensive side of the ball. We confirmed that Alex Grinch wants his defensive linemen penetrating and disrupting plays in the backfield. We also, should admit that when you can’t hit he quarterback it is an advantage for the offense. That said, there were still a good share of busted coverage and missed tackles.
The Impact On Recruiting
Lincoln Riley Tweeted out his iconic eyeball emojis just before the game started. That pretty much tells the story of how things are going on the recruiting front this weekend.
The Crowd Did Their Part
There was some skepticism after Tuesday’s announcement that the game was moving to Friday night. However, 50,000 strong shows that it wasn’t a bad move at all.