South Dakota never had a chance against Oklahoma and that’s the way it should have been. The Sooners were coming off a College Football Playoff berth and had replaced a Heisman-winning quarterback with the highest profile transfer in program history. Behind Jalen Hurts, OU raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead on their way to a 70-14 blistering of the Coyotes. However, defense was the story on this day.
Fans had been looking for signs of hope that the defensive was, in fact, turning around under new coordinator Alex Grinch. After mixed reviews in the opener, against Houston, this was the game that demanded dominance. Giving up an abnormal amount of yards and points against an FCS opponent would have left 85,000 people leaving the stadium frustrated, regardless of what Oklahoma’s offense did.
Fortunately dominance was in fact served by the defense. South Dakota only managed 24 offensive plays, and just 94 yards, though the first thirty minutes of the football game. Most importantly the Sooners held the Coyotes scoreless.
A bit of redemption was also on the table for sophomore defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles who had received a ton of criticism for experiencing growing pains during his freshman season the year before. On South Dakota’s opening drive of the second half, Radley-Hiles recognized a screen coming which led to his first interception and first score as a Sooner.
Here’s How The Play Worked
Whenever you hear coaches talking about how film study pays off then you should think of this example. Watch the play again and notice what happens to set up the interception.
- Radley-Hiles is lined up over the slot.
- He reads that his man is moving to block Parnell Motley on the edge, and Motley’s receiver is coming under the block back to the inside.
- Seeing what is happening, Bookie lets his guy go and jumps the route for a pick-6.
See kids, film room work does pay off.
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