Jalen Hurts had a prestigious career at Alabama but his debut with Lincoln Riley crushed his previous career highs. The Sooners posted nearly 700 yards of offense on their way to a 49-31 win over Houston.
For the offense, Hurts was definitely the story. He finished with 508 yards of offense in his debut, smashing Baker Mayfield’s record. With 332 passing yards passing and 176 yards rushing, Hurts was responsible for six total touchdowns.
Hurts finished 20/23 passing and averaged 11 yards per carry in a performance that will put him in position for a possible Big 12 Player of the Week award and undoubtedly keep him at the forefront of the Heisman conversation.
On the defensive side of the ball the Sooners didn’t force a turnover but they did hold a potent Cougars offense to below last year’s season average in scoring. Kenneth Murray paced the defense with 13 total tackles, with three being for loss.
Probably the biggest takeaway for the defense was holding the Cougars to 5-of-13 on 3rd down.
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