Once again the Sooners made plays in all aspects of the game on Saturday night. The 28-11 win over SMU was a total team effort, with offense, defense, and special teams all chipping. The Sooners improved to 2-0 by averaging 5.25 yards per play on their way to a 365-yard night that saw them pick up 22 first downs and convert on two of their three fourth down attempts. Defensively the Sooners forced two turnovers, recorded five tackles for loss, and held SMU to their lowest scoring output since 2016. Special teams came up huge in the first quarter, setting up the first score of the game and sending a message to the SMU sideline that nothing was going to come easy.
So, who made the biggest play? Look the option over below and cast your vote in the poll.
Peyton Bowen’s punt block
For the second week in a row Oklahoma’s special teams came up with a huge play. Peyton Bowen’s punt block in the opening quarter set up the first score of the game, when Dillon Gabriel hit Andrel Anthony for a 29 yard touchdown. The best part about all of this is that Bowen’s block should have never happened.
“Man I wasn’t even supposed to go, I ain’t gonna lie. I was supposed to help block for a blocker … It was one of those take-a-risk moments and it worked.”Peyton Bowen on his punt block
Jalil Farooq’s touchdown to swing momentum back to Oklahoma
SMU was starting to build momentum. The Mustangs had scored a touchdown, made a 2-point conversion, to pull to within three points of Oklahoma at 14-11. That’s when Farooq caught a pass from Gabriel, made a nasty move to dodge a defender, and the scored on a 21 yard play.
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“The belief and the never-flinching attitude that they had—that’s what you want to see. A year ago, I’m not sure if we would’ve figured out a way to win that game.”brent venables on oklahoma fighting back to regain control of the game
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Dillon Gabriel to Marcus Major for the back-breaker
Leading by 10, the Sooners stop the Mustangs on fourth down and then take open the flood gates back up three plays later.
Justin Harrington’s interception to clinch it
Desperation typically doesn’t lead to good things happening, and that’s exactly what Preston Stone experienced in the waning moments of the game.
“(Preston Stone) probably saw 20 different defenses. They ran everything… (Brent Venables) and Ted Roof are some of the best in the business… They do a great job of mixing things up and keeping everything in front of them.”sMU head coach Rhett Lashlee on oklahoma’s defense
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