Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners 70 – South Dakota 14 | Notes & Quotes

M. Hofeld


Here’s who said what after Oklahoma’s 70-14 win over the South Dakota Coyotes.


“Really good team win. Excited with the way things played out with replacing so many guys. I think that is one of the big highlights tonight is getting so many guys on all three sides of the ball so many opportunities. I thought for the most part the team responded well. The penalties are the most glaring issue. I think that I saw 12 penalties and several were extremely costly to the offense in the first half and to the defense in the second half. Obviously it has to be a better point of emphasize. We have to coach it better. We want aggression but it has got to be under control. And then a couple of times where we got out of position, we made mental mistakes and the penalties were a result of that. That has got to get better.” – Lincoln Riley Opening Statement

“It was the number one thing that we talked about all week defensively. It was turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, and they were challenged every way possible and we responded. I thought that after we got that one it was infectious. Turnovers are, both for an offense and defense. You start turning the ball over offensively and you think ‘man, how are we going to get off a play without turning over again’ and defensively you get one or two and you start thinking ‘man, we are going to get one every series’. You just feel it. We took some steps towards that tonight. Players that get turnovers for us are going to continue to get opportunities. So great to see.” – Lincoln Riley on forcing turnovers

“It’s really good, and, obviously, my frustration a week ago, I couldn’t hide it. It’s something that has to for us to play that type of defense that we want to play around here. It was a rip-the-band-aid off kind of deal. You see how it stalls a drive, and you see how it impacts getting the ball back to the offense. What you hope is that it becomes infectious. It’s something we’ve seen in practice. I think the buy in has been good in terms of the guys wanting to do it, but certainly you’ve got to go out and perform on Saturday nights. It was good to get three. It was good to, obviously, get a scoring play on defense. That’s a positive and something that’s got to continue.” – Alex Grinch on forcing three turnovers

“I was like a proud father. I was watching and screaming all across the sidelines. they did a great job today. Obviously, they all touched the end zone when they needed to.” – CeeDee Lamb on the young receivers getting in the game

“Everybody feels good for him, especially because he knows we all know he had a tough year last year. Just how much he’s put into it this offseason, just seeing him get his chance and make big plays, it makes us all feel good.” – DeShaun White on Brendan Radley-Hiles’ pick-6

“It just goes back to focusing, just wanting to do your job. Like I said, every team we play we’re going to play to the best of our ability. This is just another opportunity that we had, we had to step up as a defense. It’s about us, it’s about what we gotta do and what we plan to accomplish as a team and as a defense.” – Neville Gallimore on stopping the run

“No, there was no doubt. I knew in that running back group if I hadn’t made it they’d all be on me for the rest of the season.” – Rhamondre Stevenson on if he had doubts he’d make it to the end zone

“It just makes us hungrier. You get one you have to make sure you get another one the next game. I feel as if Coach Grinch emphasized it a lot this week in practice so we went out and made sure we got that for him. But we will make sure that we get it again in the further weeks that we keep going on.” – Brendan Radley-Hiles on forcing turnovers

Game Notes

• The Sooners improved to 43-11-1 all-time as the No. 4 team in the AP poll.

• Oklahoma scored 70 points for the first time since 2007 (a 79-10 season-opening home win over North Texas).

• The Sooners gained at least 700 yards of total offense (733; 423 passing, 310 rushing) for the 13th time in program history. Seven of those occasions have come since the start of the 2015 season (when Lincoln Riley arrived in Norman).

• Saturday night marked the 42nd time in 56 games since the start of the 2015 season that OU registered at least 500 yards of total offense, and the 22nd time in that span the Sooners topped 600 yards of total offense.

• The Sooners rushed for 300 yards and passed for 300 yards for the 12th time in program history (seventh time in the last two seasons and sixth time in the last nine games).

• OU averaged 10.62 yards per offensive play (733 total yards on 69 plays), the second straight week the Sooners have averaged at least 10.0 yards per play.

• Oklahoma averaged 7.95 yards per rush after averaging 9.57 last week against Houston. This marks only the second time in program history the Sooners have averaged at least 7.5 yards per rush in consecutive games.

• Eleven Sooners caught a pass Saturday night, and 10 different players scored a touchdown (nine offensive, one defensive). Three different quarterbacks recorded a passing TD.

• The Oklahoma defense recorded three takeaways for the first time since 2017 at Oklahoma State.

• Oklahoma scored at least 20 points in the first half (28) for the 26th time in the last 30 games.

• The Sooners have scored at least 30 points in 38 of their last 40 games (29 and 28 in the others), and have won 36 of those 40.

Jalen Hurts

• Has thrown six passing TDs and rushed for three more through two games.

CeeDee Lamb

• Became only the 12th Sooner to record 100 receiving yards in the first quarter. His 112 yards in the first period (five catches) are sixth most among the group.

Brendan Radley-Hiles

• Recorded Oklahoma’s first takeaway of the season, recovering a fumble forced by DL Neville Gallimore in the second quarter.

• Captured the Sooners’ first interception of the year in the third quarter and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. It was OU’s first interception returned for a touchdown since Parnell Motley returned an INT 77 yards against Tulane in 2017.

Rhamondre Stevenson

• Rushed for a team-high 104 yards and a touchdown on six carries (17.3 average).

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