Oklahoma Sooners

Defensive Dominance & Injuries Dominate Discussion Following Sooners 62-9 Thrashing Of Kansas

M. Hofeld

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In everything that is about to be said, let’s keep in mind that Oklahoma was only playing Kansas. The Sooner defense produced another dominating performance on Saturday afternoon by suffocating the Jayhawks at the point of attack.

OU held Kansas to less than 100 yards on the ground (95) and just 246 total offensive yards. The Jayhawks didn’t cross the goal line until the final play of the game and had more incomplete passes (21) than they did first downs (16).

The Sooners picked off Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels twice but the best aspect of the defense was the continued dominance upfront. Oklahoma recorded a total of 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and nine quarterback sacks, which ties a school record. Linebacker Nick Bonitto paced the team with three sacks.

Focus Turns To Rattler & Stogner Injuries

With Bedlam looming in two weeks seeing players get banged up was the last thing Oklahoma wanted on Saturday. They got it anyway as starting quarterback Spencer Rattler and H-Back Austin Stogner both suffered injuries.

Stogner left the game leading the team with three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. There was some postgame speculation that Stogner may have hyperextended his knee on his third catch of the game. It’s important to note that nothing has been confirmed and he walked to the locker room under his own power.

Rattler’s situation is a little easier to discern. He was injured on his touchdown run when he collided with KU safety Ricky Thomas at the goal line.

Clearly bothered by the shot he took to the hip, Rattler continued to play into the third quarter before he was relieved of command by backups Tanner Mordecai and Chandler Morris for mop-up duty. However, Lincoln Riley said that had Rattler been needed to remain in the game longer then he certainly could have.

Initially it doesn’t seem like either player is in in danger of missing Bedlam but it certainly helps that the Sooners are on a bye next week.

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