We all knew the Oklahoma defense had a great shot at a dominating performance because all they had to do was stop Colorado's running game. What we didn't know was what the offense would do absent Adrian Peterson.
What happened was a total demolishing of Colorado on both sides of the ball. Colorado's offense was a joke. Bernard Jackson couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat and Hugh Charles didn't have the speed to get away from Sooner defenders. The result was 3 points and 137 total net yards of offense. The Buffs were one dimensional and the Sooners took that dimension away holding Colorado to just 98 net rushing yards.
Offensively the Sooners dominated as well. With the temperature dropping and the wind blowing Oklahoma went to a ground and pound attack. The results were 177 net rushing yards against the second best rush defense in the conference. Colorado hadn't allowed a 100 yard rusher all season and yet Allen Patrick carried the ball 35 times for 110 yards.
The Sooners did spread the offense like we thought they would but they also showed that they can still line up and run over defenses as well. Paul Thompson again proved to be efficient completing 65.4% of his passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Thompson's percentage would have been even higher had there not been so many drops by the tight ends.
Outside of Allen Patrick's big night the other two storylines were Oklahoma's loss of sophomore right tackle Branndon Braxton for the rest of the season with a broken leg and freshman Chris Brown coming out of redshirt to play running back.
Braxton went down in the third quarter and was eventually carted off the field. Brown entered the game in the fourth quarter and rushed four times for twelve yards and a touchdown. The question is with Patrick's performance and Jacob Gutierrez in the stable was is necessary to bring Brown out?
This was a good win for the Sooners not because they were playing a great or even good team but because they had a dominating performance without their star. OU's defense has improved every game since Oregon and is now the fourth ranked defense in the conference.