Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma 52 – West Virginia 14 | Notes & Quotes

M. Hofeld



“Certainly very proud of this win. We have really talked to our guys all week about our mentality going into this game. Not just Saturday but all the preparation throughout the week. I thought our guys handled the week well. We continue to take strides and continue to get better. We have to keep that rolling. That is our goal right now. It is to maintain that improvement. There still is a lot of improvement that needs to happen but we are getting better. I thought that we had a good mentality going into the game. I thought there were some key stretches there in the game. None more important than that after they scored. We dropped the ball on third down and gave them good field position. They go down and score before half and got some momentum. Then we really came back and answered in the third quarter with all three phases of the ball. Obviously did a really good job defensively the majority of the day. Certainly in that third quarter. We really took control. Had a couple of big drives there offensively. The punt block by (Brayden) Willis and then recovered by (Austin) Stogner was kind of the thing that capped it off. It is great to see all three sides of the ball rising. It is a fun team to coach right now. If it stays that way and keep getting better, continue to look past some of the positive things that we are doing and keep finding ways to improve then we have a chance so we are going to keep down that road. Looking forward to prepping again and getting back on the road up at K-State.” – Lincoln Riley opening statement

“We are honestly having the most discussions right now in the offensive staff room, just wanting to use all that guys that we have. Just in our snap numbers, again we had 59 snaps today, our snap number have been low. Most teams have tried to slow down their offenses against us to slow down the game. That has kind of been the flavor of the month here that we have seen and we still have been able ot make big plays. We really feel like we have four really good backs in there. I know we are going to need them all. We have been through this before to know what is coming. Kennedy did a good job today and ended up getting a majority of the carries but I really feel like at any point any of those guys can go off and be our lead guy in a game. We feel pretty good about that role.” – Lincoln Riley on the running backs

“We don’t know what the ceiling is, no one knows. How we get to it, our peak, is going out there every day and practicing hard. I’ll say it again, having the right intent and approach to what we do, being eager, essentially starving for an opportunity to play. We just got to have that factor about us, we have to be hungry for every opportunity that we have and go out there and take advantage of our opportunities.” – Jalen Hurts on what the ceiling is for the team

“It was cool. Seeing him just felt like old times – seeing his face in that face mask was just funny. But a great competitor. I love him; that’s my brother. It was a great time to see him after the game. When I saw him, I was so excited. It was a cool experience.” – Brendan Radley-Hiles on playing against Austin Kendall

“I say this – that guy’s given us an identity on the defensive side of the ball. Our confidence is so much higher I really feel like we’re the best defense in the country and I feel like it’s not really up for debate. We can still prove it, but I really feel strongly about that. Credit to him for just really practicing our tails off and giving us confidence.” – DaShaun White on playing for Alex Grinch

“My first thought was, ‘go get on the ball,’ but the ball was five yards away and I saw [Austin Stogner] and [Drake Stoops] over there, so I was confident that they’d be able to field the ball and I just went off celebrating.” – Brayden Willis on his reaction to blocking the punt

“That’s one of the key things we harp on and when we don’t get them it’s disappointing for us. We got to be better at that, we got to find ways to get the ball out.” – Neville Gallimore on not being able to force turnovers

“I wasn’t surprised. Really, I didn’t know how close [the defender] was until the ball was in the air, like I could just feel him getting closer and closer. Other than that, it was a dime by Jalen. I just had to fetch it.” – Lee Morris on his touchdown reception

“I give all the credit to my offensive line. They did their thing today and I am blessed to have them. They made my job really easy; just reading it out and doing me.” – Kennedy Brooks on running the ball

Game Notes

• OU outgained WVU by 318 yards (560-242) and averaged 9.5 yards per play to the Mountaineers’ 3.8.

• Redshirt freshman LB Nik Bonitto and true freshman CB Jaden Davis made their first career starts. Senior DL Kenneth Mann made his first start of the season.

• OU has won 38 of its last 40 games (.950) against Big 12 opponents dating back to the 2015 season.

• Saturday marked the 47th time in 61 games since the start of the 2015 season that OU registered at least 500 yards of offense (560).

• The Sooners have scored at least 34 points in 17 straight games and in 28 of the last 29 contests. The 17-game streak the second longest nationally.

• Oklahoma has scored at least 50 points in four straight games against West Virginia.

• Saturday marked the sixth time in seven games this season the Sooners have held their opponent to no points in the opening quarter. They have outscored their foes 83-7 in the first quarter this season.

• Oklahoma forced a punt on its opponent’s opening drive for the seventh straight game.

• Oklahoma scored at least 20 points in the first half for the 29th time in the last 34 games.

Jalen Hurts

• Recorded a career-high passing efficiency rating of 308.5 Saturday.

• His 308.5 passer efficiency rating is the highest nationally this season and the second highest in school history (min. 15 attempts).

• It was his second game this season in which he has accounted for at least five TDs (six vs. Houston).

• It was his third game this season with at least two passing TDs and two rushing TDs. He entered the day tied for the national lead with two such games.

• Became the third OU quarterback (and first against a conference opponent) to complete at least 90% of his passes while throwing for at least 300 yards and at least three touchdowns. The others were Baker Mayfield vs. UTEP in 2017 and Sam Bradford vs. North Texas in 2007.

• Has multiple passing TDs in every game this season (two at Kansas and three in each of other six games).

Kennedy Brooks

• Scored his second rushing touchdown of the season and the 14th of his career on a 9-yard run in the second quarter. He ran 10 times for 70 yards (7.0 average) in the game.

CeeDee Lamb

• With 86 all-purpose yards (71 receiving, nine punt return), he became the 27th Sooner to total at least 3,000 career all-purpose yards (3,064).

Charleston Rambo

• Notched his fifth touchdown reception of the season and the sixth of his career on a 6-yard pass from QB Jalen Hurts in the first quarter. Finished with a team-high four catches for 71 yards.

Austin Stogner

• Scored his first career touchdown when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone in the third quarter.

Brayden Willis

He has recorded each of OU’s last two blocked punts, and both were returned for TDs (also vs. Kansas last year).

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