Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners 55 – Texas Tech 16 | Offensive Position Grades

M. Hofeld

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While Oklahoma’s defense was set to face a pair of backup quarterbacks on Saturday the offense was looking at a duel against one of the most improved defenses in the conference. Through the first three games of the season the Red Raiders had only allowed an average of 13.6 points per game. That’s a far cry from Oklahoma’s average of 55.6 points per game so obviously something was going to give.

The Red Raiders would be the latest team to succumb to the crushing waves of Oklahoma’s offense as the Sooners racked up 55 points and 644 total yards of offense. Most impressively, Oklahoma mass of yardage was piled up at an average of 10.1 yards per play.

Quarterback

Jalen Hurts has yet to play a full four quarters of football this season. Saturday he didn’t even complete three quarters. That didn’t stop Hurts from having the best game of his collegiate career though. The graduate transfer completed 17-of-24 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns to one interception. Hurts also ran the ball nine times for 70 yards and one more score.

Oklahoma fans should be excited about the progression of Hurts. Each week we’ve seen his game improve in one facet or another. Saturday he showed the most poise and patience in the pocket that we’ve seen from him all season, which allowed some big plays to develop downfield.

The interception was tipped but it was also a high pass so that needs to be taken into consideration, ultimately resulting in a – grade rather than a +.

In garbage time, Spencer Rattler and Tanner Mordecai were a combined 6-of-10 for 28 yards.

Overall Position Grade: A-

Pass Catchers

After racking up 122 yards on his first two catches, Texas Tech turned their attention to Charleston Rambo which left CeeDee Lamb with the opportunity to have a monster day.

Tech tried to keep Lamb in front of them so that Oklahoma’s star received couldn’t beat them deep. The only problem is that they forgot to tackle him. Lamb finished with a game-high 185 yards, and three touchdowns, on seven receptions.

Freshman Jadon Haselwood also looked solid. He hauled in six catches for 59 yards.

Overall Position Grade: A+

Running Backs

For the first time this season a running back was the leading rusher for the Sooners. Trey Sermon edged out Jalen Hurts for a team-high 76 yards, and two touchdowns, on just seven carries.

Rhamondre Stevenson was impressive yet again. He ran for 29 yards and a score on four carries. He is the only Oklahoma running back to score a touchdown in all four games this season.

As a unit, Oklahoma’s running backs averaged 6.55 yards per carry.

Overall Position Grade: A+

Offensive Line

I wouldn’t go as far to say that Oklahoma’s offensive line has been dominant this season. I think effective is a much better word for this group. One of the primary issues has been that we’ve only seen the starting unit all together in one game this season (UCLA) as Saturday brought us more changes due to injuries.

The Sooners were without Adrian Ealy on Saturday, setting up Brey Walker to draw his first start. The results were still very good as they paved the way for Oklahoma to be successful through both the air and on the ground. The question remains about continuity and this starting group gelling as a cohesive unit.

Jalen Hurts was sacked once though.

Overall Position Grade: A-

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