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Oklahoma Sooners 70 – South Dakota Coyotes 14 | Quick Thoughts

M. Hofeld


The Oklahoma Sooners hit the 70 point mark for the first time since the 2007 season and ten different players scored touchdowns as they dominated South Dakota. It wasn’t all good news though as the Sooners were flagged 12 times for 105 yards, with most of them coming against the offense.

At the end of the day though Oklahoma is 2-0 as they get ready to head west to play UCLA next week. Here are a few quick thoughts with more post game coverage to come.

The Defense Took A Step Forward

Yes, it was against South Dakota but you gotta play the guys in front of you and they did that very well. After failing to record a turnover last week, they turned the Coyotes over three times, including a pick-6 from Brendan Radley-Hiles.

South Dakota didn’t hit pay dirt until 5:46 mark of the third quarter when Oklahoma started subbing on the defensive side of the ball. The Coyotes passed for 269 yards but were held to just 70 rushing yards on 25 carries.

The Left Side Is Still Struggling

Bill Bedenbaugh still has some things to get worked out on the left side of the offensive line. The Sooners are in Los Angeles next week and then have a week off before conference play gets going. Left tackle Erik Swenson and left guard R.J. Proctor were flagged three times and Swenson struggled to keep up with pressure off the edge. I would expect next week to be when opposing defenses start to bring heavy pressure from the left.

The Offense Is Humming!

There’s a lot of talent on Oklahoma’s offense. That’s not a secret to anyone but you gotta commend how Lincoln Riley is distributing the ball. Seven different players combined to produce 310 rushing yards and eleven different receivers caught at least one pass on the way to 423 yards through the air.

The Future Is Bright

Oklahoma fans were treated to a glimpse of the future on Saturday night with freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler connecting on all four of his passes for 50 yards and a score. A trio of freshmen receivers caught a touchdown pass as well with Jadon Haselwood recording 78 receiving yards, Theo Wease 34, and Trejan Bridges 43.

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