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Oklahoma Sooners 41 - Akron Zips 3 | Team Notes & Quotes

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There's still a lot of football to be played and a lot of improvement still to be had but there sure isn't a lot to complain about following Oklahoma's 41-3 romp of Akron on Saturday night. Here's some of the highlights on what the coaches and players had to say after the game.

Bob Stoops

"We need a lot of improvement. I think the guys have done everything we have asked of them through the spring and summer but we've got to make a big jump from now to next Saturday. I think as much as anything, starting better. But it's been a good group in how they practice and we'll realize some of the things when we watch tape that we can improve on with some of the foolish penalties. We've got to eliminate those and play in a smarter, better way next week." - On getting ready for next week

"With 49 yards in his first go at it with six punts, that's pretty good. We have been seeing this and that's why he's our guy. He was consistent through camp, very cool. He did a nice job for his first time out there." - On freshman kicker Austin Seibert

"Yeah, it will be Sterling again. I'm sure as time goes, depending on how Joe keeps improving, Joe can be pretty special there, too." - On punt returns

Lincoln Riley

"It took us a while to get settled in. Some nerves probably more than anything. We played a lot of freshmen and/or new guys. It just took us a little while to settle down. We had some things there early, they [Akron] did some things differently, which you always see in that first game. It took us a while to get adjusted to it. I thought our kids really hung in there and really trusted what we were doing, even though we didn't have the results we wanted in the beginning. We kept saying, ‘Flood gates are going to open, just stay with it.' I was proud that it was the first game and our guys were able to trust in it and that's one of the hardest things to do. They did that, and they finally did overcome it." - On the slow start

"He has a dynamic skill-set. There are a lot of things you can do with a guy like that. Like everybody, and I could see it with him early, a lot of nerves. It was just about getting these guys all settled in. Once he was able to do that, I think everyone was able to see the kind of talent he has." - On Joe Mixon

"You don't set records here every day. There have been some good offenses around here. That's great and I was happy he settled in. I knew he would be pretty amped and I was proud that he didn't try to make too much happen, even when we struggled early. I thought he, like the rest of the offense, hung in there and I was happy how he finished the game." - On Baker Mayfield


"Great job. Baker looked relaxed. He had fun out there. He's our leader and we go as he goes. When things weren't going well in the first half, he kept a positive attitude and rallied the guys together. Coach Riley always says once the floodgates open, there's no stopping it." - Durron Neal on Baker Mayfield

"We still have a lot to work on, but we just got a glimpse of what this offense can be for us. We're going to work hard to be ready for Tennessee and be ready for whatever they throw at us and be hot." - Samaje Perine on the offense

"Obviously we have to get a lot better. I'm proud of the guys coming out. We had three guys making their first career start. I'm proud of those guys and Dru stepping in as a true freshman and starting his first game was huge. I know we did some good things, but I know we have to get a lot better. The jump from game one to game two has to be significant." - Ty Darlington on the offensive line

"It's a play-action, roll-out. Samaje starts the tone with the backer, getting the block off the edge. Really, our route's backside. We're supposed to take the guys out. They did a great job and Joe got the ball. He was wide open, but it wouldn't have finished without Dede Westbrook. He made a huge block down-field and he was 70 yards down-field so that's huge to see those guys playing for each other." - Baker Mayfield on the touchdown pass to Joe Mixon

"I just did my job, did what I've been doing in practice. Doing what I'm supposed to do." - Austin Seibert on his first collegiate game

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma's 539 yards of total offense marked the 68th time that the Sooners surpassed the 500-yard mark in the Bob Stoops era and the 16th time in program history the Sooners finished with 500 yards or more in a season opener.
  • The Sooners eclipsed the 40-point mark for the 89th time under Bob Stoops.
  • Dominique Alexander led OU with 10 tackles and a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss, he now has eight career games with 10 or more tackles.
  • Baker Mayfield set the OU record for passing yards in a season opener with 388. The former record was 363 yards by Sam Bradford in 2007 vs. North Texas.
  • Mayfield's 76-yard touchdown pass to Joe Mixon was the second-longest completion in a season opener on Owen Field and was the longest reception by a freshman running back in OU history.
  • Ten different Sooners recorded a reception.
  • Jeffrey Mead and Dede Westbrook both made their first career receptions at Oklahoma Saturday night and they were both touchdown catches.
  • Austin Seibert became the first true freshman in OU history to start a season opener at both placekicker and punter.
  • Oklahoma is now 93-22-6 all-time in season openers and 74-15-4 in home openers at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Sooners also have won 10 straight home openers dating back to 2006.
  • The Sooners are 91-8 at home under Stoops.