The plays were huge and the margin of victory was once again impressive. Here are some post game thoughts on the Sooners 52-16 victory of the Iowa State Cyclones.
1 - The Sooner first play from scrimmage was incredible. I can't ever remember a play being this intricate and this successful. Perine to Shepard to Mayfield to .....Flowers. I could only imagine the thoughts running through his mind when he realized he was this open. I would have dropped it.
Flowers was this open on the reverse-flea flicker pic.twitter.com/WZgRsYXEHI— CC Machine (@CCMachine) November 8, 2015
2 - I know the competition hasn't exactly been stellar over the past two weeks (KU and ISU), but if Charles Tapper can continue this level of play throughout November, the Sooners could find themselves with one of the best defenses in recent memory.
3 - Dakota Austin tackles like he weighs 230lbs. Assuming Zack Sanchez returns for the Baylor game, I wouldn't mind seeing Austin, Sanchez, and Thomas in the defensive backfield along with Will Johnon and Steven Parker.
4 - The only negative I have on Baker Mayfield is that he holds on to the ball to long and take some hits that are unnecessary. His play and statistics have placed him firmly in the mix for the Heisman Trophy. If he continues to play at this level throughout November, we could one day be unveiling a statue for him in Norman.
5 - Durron Neal came to play today and had 10 catches. His quiet production will be missed next year.
6 - Mark Andrews has some serious wheels for a guy that big. He just keeps putting up big numbers with limited opportunity.
7 - I really don't think Samaje Perine fumbled, but there weren't enough cameras to see whether his knee was down. That being said, ball security will be huge go forward over the next 3 games.
8 - The 2nd quarter was rough, but if Seibert makes his FG, and Perine doesn't fumble, I think you've got a Sooners team up 31-6 at halftime at minimum.
9 - Charles Walker has a chance to be a first round draft pick along the defensive line. He is that good when motivated.
10 - Speaking of the defensive line, I was worried when Jerry Montgomery left that we'd see a major drop off in play along the defensive line. The exact opposite is true. Diron Reynolds has been incredible this season, and if this recruiting class closes the way it should, I don't think the Sooners will really miss a beat in recruiting.
11 - The Sooners defense was definitely keyed in to stop Michael Warren and it showed. The all everything red-shirt freshman had 43 yards rushing.
12 - You might be missing it, but both tackles Dru Samia and Orlando Brown have a chance to be special. For all the mess along the offensive line to start the season, this group is growing up and its starting to become dominant.
13 - Lincoln Riley is good, really good.
14 - If things continue to unfold the way the are, everything is still in front of this Sooners football team.