Pretty much everything went right for the Sooners in yesterday’s 42-21 romp over the UCLA Bruins. The offense was clicking, the defense stifling and the special teams had another great game.
However, it’s hard to get past the Rodney Anderson injury.
At the end of the first quarter Anderson went down with an apparent knee injury. While nothing has yet been announced, word floating around the team suggests the worst; a season ending ACL injury.
While the injury is maddening, there are a lot of positive things that occurred in the game.
- Hats off to UCLA. They were clearly outmatched, but they put up a better performance than they did against Cincinnati. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson looked better in his first start and the defense gave OU a stiff challenge. Even the Bruin fans showed out, with plenty of blue mixed into the red and white striped stadium. Chip Kelly still has a challenge ahead of himself, but the future is promising.
- With that being said, OU completely overran UCLA. The Bruins scored early, a relatively breezy opening touchdown drive. Then the Sooners went on a suffocating 42-0 run. UCLA’s passing defense didn’t stand a chance as Kyler Murray torched them all day.
- Another huge game from the special teams, highlighted by a huge return from Tre Brown. Jamison will talk about this in depth in this week’s Schooner Pod, but the Shane Beamer effect is real.
- OU’s receiving tandum of CeeDee Lamb and Hollywood Brown is legit. After a weak opener, Lamb looked every part the player we’ve been hyping up, bringing in 146 yards and a touchdown. Hollywood continued to impress with 88 yards on just four catches and an electrifying touchdown that highlighted his remarkable speed.
- The defense was all over the UCLA backfield with 12 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. Just a really impressive performance.
MVP: Kyler Murray
He’s going to get a LOT more of these. Murray dominated every facet of the game, throwing for over 300 yards, accounting for 5 touchdowns and leading the team in rushing.
He did throw a pick and made a few questionable throws, but overall he had as good of an all around game as you could. After the game, Murray said he was “a little disappointed” with his performance; it would be scary to think of what a satisfying performance would look like.
LVP: Trey Sermon
As the number two back, Trey Sermon is going to most likely have a lot more on his plate this season. If so, he will need to do a lot better than he did on Saturday. With only 13 yards on 7 carries, Sermon was the lowest performing rusher despite tying for the most amount of carries.
Up Next: Iowa State in Ames. The Honda Pilot is ready to ride once more.