Delay of Recap: South Dakota

You can stop holding your breath now: my thoughts on OU-South Dakota are here. Clearly you have all been waiting for them.

Seriously though, there isn’t much to talk about here as the Sooners took care of business against South Dakota Saturday, 70-14. There isn’t a ton to dissect here, so here are my five main takeaways from Saturday.

All Three Keys Were Successfully Met

Big win here! Everyone looked like they had fun, nobody got hurt and I assume everyone stayed hydrated. Let’s hope this trend continues.

The Offensive Line Showed Some Cracks

This is something that happens with a young unit. There were a bit of discipline issues with holding calls and other depth issues that can be addressed. Thankfully, the schedule allows for time to gel, so let’s hope for improvement in that factor.

Bookie Actually Played Great!

Probably the most maligned player in 2018, Bookie Radley-Hiles has been under the microscope since arriving as a 5-star. While I fully understand this was against FCS South Dakota, Bookie had a standout game with two turnovers forced, including his first career interception in a pick-6. Whether or not Bookie will carry this performance over into games against stiffer competition is yet to be seen, but for one day Bookie looked worth the hype. 

The Three Freshman Wideouts Went Off

One of the things I was looking forward to this week was seeing more opportunities for OU’s young wideouts and they certainly did not disappoint. Each had a touchdown catch and Jaden Haselwood particularly impressed as someone poised to be the breakout star of the group this season.

Spencer Rattler Looks GOOD

Speaking of freshman, Spencer Rattler impressed in his long awaited debut at quarterback, going 4-4 with 50 yards and a touchdown. He showed poise, sharp throwing and a very solid running ability. It was only a drive, but Rattler gave plenty of Sooner fans some excitement for the future.

MVP: Brendan Radley-Hiles

LVP: The North Endzone, for going 0-2 on throwing the ball out. Be better.

Up Next: A trip to the Rose Bowl* against UCLA. 

Notes from OU-West Virginia

Friday night was a wild time. However, I would be remised if I didn’t give some some more detail notes on what happened in Morgantown.

  • This defense didn’t do much better point wise, but damn did they put in some effort. And honestly, without their performance, OU loses that game. The two scoop and score touchdowns obviously stand out as the highlights, but Tre Brown’s effort gave the Mountaineer receiving corps fits all night.
  • Honestly, the Sooners probably should have won by more. The two takeaways covered for some absolutely frustrating Oklahoma turnovers.
  • Trey Sermon’s injury was and is obviously very concerning for tailback depth, but damn did Kennedy Brooks have himself a ball game. He was the workhorse, going for 182 yards and two touchdowns on a hefty 21 carries. I don’t know if this performance is sustainable, but it certainly was impressive.
  • You have to give the Sooners this; they don’t lose these types of games. This was not an easy one by any means. So many teams would fold after the second half start OU had, but they weathered the storm and responded at every turn. Now that we are in the end game, that experience will be vital.
  • Hollywood Brown, have yourself a game! While Brown has been quiet in the back half of this season (this was only his second 100+ yard game since Texas), he showed out Friday with 243 yards and two touchdowns on eleven catches. Under normal stances, this warrants my weekly MVP nod. However….

MVP: Kyler Murray

Normally, I pick someone different than Kyler because picking the obvious best player on the team weekly is boring. But to not give this guy the MVP nod this week would just be silly.

Murray showed exactly why he’s the best player in the country on Friday. The ability to throw as accurately as he does alone put him in the race, but what he does on the ground makes him the most lethal player I’ve seen in my lifetime. At any moment, the man can pull the ball down and score, no matter where the offense is on the field.

Sure, he turned the ball over twice. However, he always responded and never let the game slip out of his hands when he made mistakes. I think we can let the “questionable under pressure” take die.

As for the stats? Throwing for 364 yards with 111 on the ground and four touchdowns is just overpowered as hell. Give my man his trophy.

LVP: Texas

You don’t want this team right now.

Up Next: The Big 12 Championship against Texas.

And I thought Red River season was over.