We knew Oklahoma had an uphill battle against LSU in the Peach Bowl but what we didn’t know was that the Sooners would come tumbling back down the hill backwards. OU was outmatched against the Tigers in every way possible…and it wasn’t even close.
Defensively LSU frustrated Lincoln Riley’s offense while rolling their way to 692 offensive yards of their own. In a season that has certainly had its share of highs and lows, this was undoubtedly the lowest of lows.
The Defense Never Had A Chance
Its safe to say that LSU was every bit as good, if not better, than advertised offensively. The Tigers blasted an undermanned Sooner defense from the start. Joe Burrow finished the day completing 29-of-39 passes for 493 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown in his historic Peach Bowl performance.
Oklahoma possibly could have put up a better fight with Ronnie Perkins eligible and Delarrin Turner-Yell healthy and playing but I’m not sure by how much. LSU was just on another level.
Lack Of Defensive Depth Exposed
As if the defense wasn’t already short-handed Brendan Radley-Hiles complicated things even more with a first half ejection.
Not only did Bookie’s lapse in judgement result in Woodi Washington being put in a situation he wasn’t prepared for, it also cost the freshman his redshirt as it made the fifth game Washington participated in this season.
Justin Broiles was absolutely abused in his role as Delarrin Turner-Yell’s backup, making Alex Grinch’s comments about the lack of talent at safety resound all the more loudly than it did back in the summer.
Offensive Line Struggled
We’ve known all season long that this offensive line wasn’t on par with what we’ve seen the last two years in crimson and cream. That’s not to say they’ve been bad though, just not on par with what Bill Bedenbaugh has produced in recent years.
The Sooners struggled against the LSU pressure on Jalen Hurts all night. Running the ball up the gut was also a struggle and by the time Lincoln Riley was able to make adjustments it was way too late.
The Jalen Hurts Experiment Was A Success
Yes, once again, the season ended in embarrassing disappointment but that doesn’t mean Jalen Hurts wasn’t the right call as Oklahoma’s quarterback in 2019.
As the season progressed a growing number of fans began to call for true freshman Spencer Rattler to take the helm. As things calm down, and the dust settles from the season, the reality will strike the majority of Sooner Nation that there wasn’t another quarterback on the roster that could have taken Oklahoma to the playoff in 2019.
Hurts had a historic senior campaign at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to a fifth-consecutive Big 12 championship and back to the playoff. Rattler’s time is coming (see below) but in 2019 Hurts was the right call.
Spencer Rattler’s Time Has Come
Maybe I’m looking too much into this, I don’t believe that I am, but there’s a lot to be said about Spencer Rattler entering the game for Oklahoma’s final possession as opposed to Tanner Mordecai.
All season long Mordecai had been the backup but in this moment it was Rattler coming into the game in front of the redshirt freshman. We’ll most likely have a stand-alone post on this, and it’s implications, but I firmly believe that was a passing of the torch to Rattler. If true, that leaves Mordecai with a big decision to make.
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