Oklahoma produced 45 points and 545 yards on an “off day” for the offense. If averaging 8.4 yards per snap (9.6 yards per pass attempt and 7.2 yards per rush) during a 25 point win is deemed to be an off day then we’re absolutely the spoiled fans that we all think we are.
The Sooners didn’t produce their best offensive performance of the season on Saturday but the reality is that it was just a little less epic than the first four games of the season. Here’s how we’d grade out OU on the offensive side of the ball against Kansas.
Jalen Hurts is probably going to be the most critical of Oklahoma’s offensive performance than just about anyone out there. The Heisman front runner was 16-of-24 passing for 228 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception that could arguably be put on Trey Sermon rather than him.
Hurts also ran the ball ten times for 52 yards, and two more scores, as well as catching his first pass for a gain of 21 yards.
Overall Position Grade: A
The Sooners had thirteen players catch a pass on Saturday, including Jalen Hurts, for a combined 277 yards and two scores. The crazy stat here is that no player caught more than two passes and seven players tied with two catches each.
CeeDee Lamb was the only receiver to catch a touchdown, Trey Sermon caught the other one.
Overall Position Grade: A
Oklahoma absolutely missed Kennedy Brooks on Saturday but Rhamondre Stevenson was more than a suitable replacement. Trey Sermon recorded a team-high 11 carries for 71 yards and a score, he also caught two passes for 20 yards and another score.
Stevenson ran for a team-high 109 yards, and a touchdown, on just five carries. He continued his streak of scoring a rushing touchdown in all five games this season and maintains a 10.7 yards per carry average over 30 carries this season.
It’s also important to note that T.J. Pledger made his season debut, rushing for 30 yards on three carries. Pledger could very well be that home run threat that the Sooners need should Brooks have an extended absence.
Overall Position Grade: A+
If you’re looking for cause for concern heading into Texas week then here it is. Due to injury we’ve only seen Bill Bedenbaugh’s starting five one time this season (UCLA) and the lack of cohesiveness has been noticeable.
Brey Walker and R.J. Proctor are talented in their own right but there’s enough tape out there to prove that the line isn’t as effective when they are in it. That was the issue again on Saturday as the Sooners got off to a slow start.
Please don’t understand this post to say that Oklahoma’s offensive line ins’t good. I’m not saying that. What I am saying is that Saturday was another display of inconsistency and the best defensive front the Sooners have seen will be waiting at the Cotton Bowl Saturday morning.
Overall Position Grade: C
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