The Sooners went into the game against the Horned Frogs beaming with confidence having won 10 straight conference games in a row starting last season. They left banged up from an old-fashioned street brawl with a 3-point win. This game was a tough defensive battle that only starting giving up big plays in the fourth quarter after both defenses were tired having spent a great deal of time on the field reining in the the oppositions offense. Memorial stadium had not seen such a pitch defensive battle since the 2005 season. It was a war and the Sooners came out on top.
The Good: TCU did not cross midfield at all in the first half, scored zero points and had zero first downs until late in the third quarter. Coach Bob Stoops had this to say about their strong defensive performance in the first half:
“I don’t think that’s ever happened, any one that I’ve been a part of, they played sensational. The guys were really aggressive, fast, played the run, played the pass really well.”
The team speed of OU’s defense was on full display and the concerns before the season about the defensive line are all but forgotten. As the Oklahoma defense continues to show it has returned to form and has the mettle to slow down the Big12 offenses.
On offense, OU running back Brennan Clay ran for a 111 yards in only nine carries , with 76 of that in one sensational fourth quarter run for a touchdown. Blake Bell did what he needed to do in a gutsy performance to bring in the win, but struggled with the passing game. Some of that struggle must attributed to the receivers as they were unable to get open. Trey Millard also contributed in a big way and continues to show why the pro scouts are licking their chops given his abilities.
The Bad: Due to the defensive play of TCU, the Sooner offense posted its worst third quarter in recent memory with no first downs, no points and very few yards. TCU put the hammer down on the Sooner receiving corp and other than Durron Neal’s performance made them look pedestrian and confused. The Sooners only had 152 yards passing and further exposed Bell’s erratic passing and Huepel sometimes predictable play-calling.
Top Play: No doubt it was the first half performance of the Sooner defense, as it was the best since the early years of Bob Stoops.
In the end the Sooners won one hard fought battle against a good opponent in season long war. They did what they had to do to preserve a victory and continue to build and mature as they head into the meat of the Big12 schedule. This is a win the Sooners should be proud of and leverage as it heads into to the Red River Rivalry next week.
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It is Gameday! The University of Oklahoma’s #11 ranked Football team takes it 4-0 record on to the field against TCU in Norman, Oklahoma. This is a big game for the Sooners as they unleash their revitalized defense against a TCU that can play. Also, Blake Bell and the offense fresh of one of their best performances against Notre Dame last week are ready to show TCU their wares. Boomer!
OU Football: TCU at Oklahoma at 6PM CST
Location: Memorial Stadium, Norman Oklahoma
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Summary Preview: OU and TCU have had a back and forth relationship since TCU joined the Big12. The Sooners are favored by 10.5, but TCU is a good team with a strong secondary. But, I believe OU’s defense coming off the big win in South Bend and the offense led by Bell will be too much in Norman for the Horned Frogs. It will be close in the first half, but the Sooners will pull away and win by 21 points. Boomer!
Sooner4OU prediction: OU 45-24 TCU.
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Since 2000 (the new millennium), the Sooners are second in overall winning percentage and have played the most games, mainly because they have played in more championship and national title games. Below is the top ten and you can go to this Stassen link (Cool Site: Stats by Stassen.com) to see the rest of the teams and their rankings. Interestingly enough, the comments Bob Stoops has made in regards to the SEC Top Six and Bottom Six and how they compare to the Big12 seems to be on-track if you look at this data. You have to go down to South Carolina at #29 to include their top half (six) of their league and only to #22 to get the top half (five) of the Big12. Even if you go to the top six of the Big12, you only go to #32, no real disparity, especially statistically. At a minimum, Stoops make his statements from a lofty perch and with the support of data, not hype and favoritism. Enjoy!
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The Sooner defense set the tone early and had the Irish reeling after their first two series that resulted in turnovers and had OU sporting a two touchdown lead. The defense continued to play strong, and except for two busted plays kept the Notre Dame offense bottled-up. Sanchez, Striker, Jones and Tapper wrecked havoc on the Irish and continued to show a strong defense that can control games and make a difference.
The Sooner’s Bell led offense was balanced and efficient and although they struggled converting third downs in the second and third quarter, they were able to make big plays and use their balance to move the ball and put points on the board. The offense was able to overcome Bell leaving the field with cramps for a couple of series, as Knight came in and moved the ball on the Irish. It was a solid outing for the Sooner offense as they ran for 212 yards and passed for 238 yards in a balanced game plan that did the trick.
It was a historic 35-21 win for the Sooners and one that has propelled the Sooners into the national title conversation. Yes, there are a couple of difficult games ahead, but they are manageable and if Stoops and company can keep the defense stingy and leverage a balanced offensive attack then the possibilities are limitless. Boomer!
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The Ten Commandments of Sooner Football Heading into the Notre Dame game
1. Thou shalt play with confidence, have swagger and be balling relentlessly
2. Thou shalt deny the Irish the running game and rush the quarterback effectively
3. Thou shalt go for it on fourth-and-inches, even fourth-and-one and rise to meet your destiny
4. Thou shalt not defile Touchdown Jesus, as he has struck down many opponents before ye
5. Thou shalt play Sooner football in the sun or in rain and succeed
6. Thou shalt use the forward pass for 250+ yards and run ye ball for 200+ yards
7. Thou shalt not be penalized unmercifully; play smart, lest you become a churl
8. Thou shalt act with purpose and win both sides of the line of scrimmage
9. Thou shalt remember the historical meaning of this game and honor the legends that were there before ye
10. Thou shalt use all your might, concede nothing and leave it all on the field of battle on your march to victory! Boomer!