Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Football Flashback | The Key Play Against Houston In 2019

M. Hofeld


Oklahoma jumped out to a 21-0 lead over Houston to start the 2019 football season. It was the crimson and cream debut for Jalen Hurts and through the first 19 minutes of the game things were going extremely well. Oklahoma’s defense had forced the Cougars to punt on each of their first four possessions and Hurts led scoring drives on three of OU’s first four possessions.

A missed field goal, by Calum Sutherland, was Oklahoma’s only blemish through the first 19 minutes but a handful of mistakes was about to slide the momentum away from the Sooner bench.

The Cougars followed Oklahoma’s third touchdown with a six-play/81-yard touchdown drive of their own. A Jalen Hurts fumble killed a promising drive for the Sooners on the subsequent possession. The turnover resulted in a 34-yard field goal for Houston, putting the Cougars within two possessions of #4 Oklahoma.

Sutherland missed his second field goal attempt of the half, as time expired, giving fans a bit of an uneasy feeling as the two teams went to their respective locker rooms.

Then this play happened on Oklahoma’s opening possession of the second half.

Charleston Rambo led the Sooners in receiving yards with 105 yards, and a touchdown, on just three catches. He racked up 56 of those yards on just this one play.

Following the Hurts-to-Rambo score, the Sooners reached pay dirt two more times in the quarter to equal their scoring total through the first thirty minutes of the game.

Oklahoma went on to a 49-31 win to open the season.

Here’s How The Play Worked

This is a simple slant route but watch again at what running back Trey Sermon does.

#1 – Sermon runs a shallow route into the flat.

#2 – The outside linebacker comes forward to cover Sermon in the flat.

#3 – Houston’s safety drops back to cover deep.

#4 – This leaves Rambo a wide open alley to run his slant route and then breakaway with his speed.

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