The Oklahoma Sooners squared off against the West Virginia Mountaineers over the weekend on Owen Field. After week one, many fans thought that Bob Stoops and his squad would run away with this game as the spread was set at +21. What could possibly go wrong with the fellas in Las Vegas firmly on the good guys side?
Week 2 By The Numbers
0 Losses at this point of the season. While no one expected the Sooners to drop a game early, West Virginia gave the nation a scare with a quick long strike as butts settled into couches and eyes became glued to the tube.
1 Touchdown scored by this Oklahoma offense. With the stable of running backs and receivers group in tandem, it is hard to imagine that only a single touchdown would be scored. Sometimes, that's just the way the cookie crumbles. The lone TD came after Damien Williams touchdown run was reviewed and overturned placing the ball on the 1-yard line. Trevor Knight found Trey Millard near the sideline on the ensuing play to give the Sooners a 10-7 lead.
2 Quarterbacks seeing time under center for Oklahoma. I for one am not buying into a quarterback controversy in Norman as of yet, but it is hard to deny the fact that the rumor is beginning to spread. Until further evidence is provided...
3 Field goal made for Michael Hunnicutt. With some questions concerning his ability to remain consistent from distance, he may have provided an answer. As the offense sputtered after 12 plays and 51 yards, Bob Stoops elected to attempt a 44-yard field goal. The result put the first three points on the board for the Sooners.
4 Receivers recorded receptions during the stint of the game. It is no secret that Oklahoma's offense has struggled mightily through the air, pinpointing somewhat of an anomaly for the program. After passing nearly 50 times a game in 2012, fans have witnessed a shift to the opposite end of the spectrum. Only time will tell if one of the options available at QB rises to the occasion or the hard-nose offensive mentality sticks.
5-of-29, the number of third down attempts to conversions against this stout OU defense.
6 Different players carried the ball on the evening as Oklahoma rode the rushing attack to victory. Brennan Clay headlined the group with 22 attempts for 170 yards. To compliment and even spell him, Damien Williams took to the backfield. On 21 rushes of his own, Williams came up with 95 yards as the Sooners racked up 300+ yards on the ground for the second consecutive game. The feat marks the first time OU has rushed for 300 or more yards in back-to-back games since October of 1997 (Texas - 321, Baylor - 397)
7 Points allowed by this revamped Sooner defense. Breaking several would be tackles, Dreamius Smith found pay dirt on a 75 yard scamper to the endzone.
8 Total turnovers for the game as Oklahoma and West Virginia forced four a piece.
9 Penalties for 53 yards incurred by the Sooners. Giving up free yardage can often be costly. This time, no major consequences manifested themselves. However, ask the 2004 team how much they enjoyed having their shutout bid against the Nebraska Cornhuskers ruined largely impart to a penalty (oranges on the field) that put the Huskers in field goal range.
10 Completions between Trevor Knight and Blake Bell. To say the air raid is far less than impressive would be an understatement. At this point in time, it appears as though the coaching staff has continued to hold the reigns tightly with little to no confidence in either QBs ability to pass the ball. Something has got to give as the rushing attack alone cannot carry this team to yet another 10-win season.