The Oklahoma Sooners took the field ready to showcase an offensive threat outside of the rushing attack. On Saturday they did just that as the offense eclipsed the 50 point mark. Bright things are in store for this team if the defense as well as the offense can play up to their potential.
Week 3 By The Numbers
0 Interceptions for Blake Bell as he took control of the Sooners offense from start to finish. One thing that fans were looking for was consistency not only in decision making but also with his throwing accuracy. All those questions have been laid to rest as the Sooners racked up 607 yards of total offense (413 passing, 194 rushing). An efficient vertical passing game has been found!
1 Forced turnover for the Big XII's defending Defensive Player of the Week. Gabe Lynn continues to impress after making the switch to safety. This week, he came up with his second interception of the season and returned it for 31 yards.
2 Career marks for the sophomore Sterling Shepard. This kid is an absolute monster on the field gathering 8 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns...both career highs.
3 Touchdowns surrendered by the Oklahoma defense this season for an average of one per game. After pitching a shutout in the home opener and holding West Virginia to a single score, Oklahoma found themselves ranked 4th in the nation in scoring defense. However, with the second unit taking the field due to injuries, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane was able to put 20 points on the board. The plus side of this equation is that youngsters like Stanvon Taylor, Cortez Johnson, and Hatari Byrd gained valuable experience.
4 Touchdowns thrown by Blake Bell. The last time a Sooner quaterback threw for 4 or more touchdowns was against West Virginia in 2012 as Landry Jones connected on 6 strikes to the endzone.
5.1 Yards per carry from the runningbacks. Not a bad stat when you consider most fans thought the rushing attack looked poor for a majority of the afternoon.
6 Total touchdowns as Oklahoma provided a balanced offensive attack going to the air 37 times and the ground 44 others. Through the air, Blake Bell connected with his receivers for four touchdown passes. On the ground, the rushing attack added two more. Keith Ford hit pay dirt for the first time of his college career as excitement and expectations skyrocket for this talented freshman.
7 More rushing attempts than passing attempts. After watching the game many took to the forums questioning why the Sooners abandoned the run. This is an easy stat to overlook considering how well the Sooners fared through the air.
8 Continues to remain the goal. With seven national championships under their belt, Oklahoma is constantly in pursuit of the elusive eighth. Will it come this year with a surprise group? That's hard to say but it is highly unlikely at this point. The general idea has been that next year will be the year as these youngsters work through a few growing pains this season.
9 Games left in the regular season.
10 Different receivers caught passes from the newly instated quarterback. With a plethora of talent at the receiver position, options readily make themselves available time and time again. This number more than doubles that of last weeks bout. Jaz Reynolds proved to be a deep threat once again as he and Blake Bell connected for an 82 yard gain. The gain marked the longest non-scoring play in Sooner history.