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Oklahoma 70 – South Dakota 14 | Sooners’ Offensive Position Grades

M. Hofeld

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When one of the primary takeaways from the game was that the third-string true freshman quarterback was 4-for-4 for 50 yards and a score in mop-up duty then you know it was a good night for the offense. And good it was!

Oklahoma trounced South Dakota to the tune of 70 points and 733 yards of offense. Sure, one of the touchdowns came by way of the defense but let’s not pretend that nine touchdowns isn’t a whole lot either. Even more spectacular, the nine touchdowns were scored by nine different players.

Here’s how we grade out Oklahoma’s offensive positions in Week 2.

Quarterback

The Sooners played three quarterbacks on Saturday night. They all three found the end zone at least once and went a combined 24-of-30 for 423 yards and six touchdowns. Starter Jalen Hurts was 14/18 for 259 yards and three scores, giving him a total of 591 passing yards and six touchdowns through two games.

Overall Position Grade: A+

Pass Catchers

After 10 different players caught passes in the opener the Sooners bumped that number up to 11 in Week 2. CeeDee Lamb showed his star power, going for 144 yards and a score on just six catches. Three of Oklahoma’s true freshman receivers scored a touchdown. Five players caught passes of 30 yards or more, and three caught a pass of 40 yards or more. Six different players caught a touchdown pass on Saturday night.

Overall Position Grade: A+

Running Backs

For the second week in a row Oklahoma’s running backs didn’t receive a heavy dose of work. Trey Sermon led the team in carries with 9 and four different running backs contributed to 26 total carries. Sermon, Kennedy Brooks, and Rhamondre Stevenson all scored on the night.

Stevenson made his presence known again this week with a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He finished as Oklahoma’s leading rusher with 104 yards, and a score, on six carries.

Overall Position Grade: A+

Offensive Line

It won’t be all A’s across the board for Oklahoma’s offense this week. If we could split the offensive line between the left and right sides (With Creed Humphrey going to the right) then we’d see two drastically different grading scales. We can’t do that though because they’re one position unit and they succeed and fail together.

That said, the left side was a struggle again. I get that Marquis Hayes is injured but, if he’s the answer, then the Sooners need him to be back to 100% quickly. Holding and false start penalties from the left side killed Oklahoma’s opening drive and interrupted momentum multiple times.

We’re going to stick with the negative for one more second and mention that Jalen Hurts was also sacked in this game which is completely unacceptable considering it was an FCS opponent.

The overall body of work is good though. Oklahoma averaged 14.1 yards per pass attempt and 7.9 yards per carry on Saturday night.

Overall Position Grade: B

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