Oklahoma's defense was honed in against the Tennessee Volunteers. In a 34-10 win over the Vols, the Sooner defense held Justin Worley to below 50% in completions and forced three turnovers, including this one, forced by safety Quentin Hayes.
The play came on a third and thirteen with Hayes blitzing from the blindside. It was the perfect defensive play for Oklahoma's senior safety as he recorded the sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery. More importantly it put the Sooners in great field position and six plays later OU expanded their lead over the Vols to 10-0 when Trevor Knight connected with Keith Ford for a 23-yard touchdown pass.
The win improved the Sooners to 3-0 on the season and also gave Bob Stoops another feather in his anti-SEC cap. With a trip to Morgantwon looming the next week, to start conference play, this win set the tone for what became one of the more opportunistic defenses in the Big 12.