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.