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Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners 34 – Texas 27 | Offensive Position Grades

M. Hofeld

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The Sooners had a seemingly sluggish performance against the Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday…or so it felt. Typically highly efficient quarterback Jalen Hurts turned the ball over twice in the first half and the typically explosive offense only scored 10 first half points. However, when you dig a little deeper you find an offensive performance that was actually pretty good, with those two turnovers being the only real letdowns.

Facing what was arguably described as the best defensive front in the Big 12, Oklahoma ran for 276 yards, and a score, at a pace of 7.3 yards per carry. In total the Sooners amassed 34 points and 511 yards against the Longhorns.

Offensive Line

Oklahoma’s success started with this unit. For just the second time this season we got to see Bill Bedenbaugh’s starting five and they didn’t disappoint. Outside of one false start penalty this unit was solid. They paved the way for more than 500 yards of offense and Jalen Hurts wasn’t sacked.

Overall Position Grade: A

Quarterback

Again, we’re not talking about a typical performance so our perception is that it wasn’t spectacular. However, consider this for just a minute – Hurts accounted for 366 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. Texas, as a team, had 310 yards of offense and crossed the goal line three times.

Hurts was 16-of-28 passing and averaged 7.7 yards per carry. We still gotta talk about those turnovers though. Oklahoma was able to overcome them and move on but that doesn’t mean they weren’t costly. Both of them came inside the red zone and absolutely cost points. This game could have easily been a blowout, but you won’t find anyone complaining about winning.

Overall Position Grade: B

Running Backs

I have to start by saying that I’m pretty pumped that Rhamondre Stevenson is working his way into more significant carries. He went for 37 yards on six carries and in this offense, this season, that’s a significant amount of carries. Kennedy Brooks cracked the century mark, going for 105 yards on 10 carries in what was his best performance of the season.

Overall Position Grade: A

Pass Catchers

CeeDee Lamb is the story here. He was a one-man wrecking crew against the Texas defense and he absolutely destroyed them to the tune of 171 yards and three scores off ten catches. Only five players caught passes on Saturday with Charleston Rambo being the only other player to catch more than one. Rambo finished the day with 23 yards on 3 catches.

Overall Position Grade: A+

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