If you took the under in this game, your driver’s license should be revoked. Your judgement simply cannot be trusted.
In a game that included nearly 1,400 yards of total offense, 115 points and some incredibly odd moments, the Oklahoma Sooners came out on top, 59-56, against the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown. The win earns Oklahoma a berth in the Big 12 Championship, where they will get an opportunity to avenge an October loss.
Before we get to Oklahoma’s defense (WOOF), we need to take some time to bow down to the genius quarterback that is Kyler Murray. The Heisman candidate (frontrunner?) finished 20-27 through the air for 364 yards and three touchdowns while also contributing 114 yards and a TD on nine carries. If he isn’t Oklahoma’s quarterback, this season would look much different. One thing’s for sure — Alabama and Tua Tagovailoa can’t say the same thing.
Murray, as he has been all season, was fantastic in clutch situations, and his best work came on fourth down with OU trying to keep the ball away from the ‘Eers late in the fourth. Waiting for a man to finally come open, he spotted CeeDee Lamb at just the right time and got it to him without hesitation.
Murray’s favorite target on the night was Marquise Brown, who put on quite a show with his famous cousin, Antonio Brown, in attendance. Hollywood has not been at 100 percent down the stretch, but he appeared to be as close as he’s been in quite some time en route to 11 catches for 243 yards and two TDs. Hollywood wasn’t named a Biletnikoff Award finalist last week, but that performance will certainly gain him some All-American consideration.
Not to be fully outdone was redshirt freshman Kennedy Brooks, who once again carried the load for a hobbled backfield. Trey Sermon did indeed play, but it was apparent that he wasn’t at full strength. They needed Kennedy Brooks to be the bell cow, and boy did he deliver. On 21 carries, Brooks gained 182 yards and scored a 68-yard TD to give OU a 28-21 lead late in the first half.
Now... let’s talk about this defense.
There’s obviously a lot to unpack here, but let’s start with the fact that West Virginia converted on 12 of its 18 third-down opportunities, many of which came on third-and-long (or third-and-very-long). As has been the case for much of the season, the defensive backs were confused and out of position in long-yardage situations. With that being an obvious pattern, some of that has to fall on this staff, but that’s a discussion for another day (although probably in the not-so-distant future).
Additionally, this group came up with a couple of huge plays to swing the momentum. Welcome back to the spotlight, Caleb Kelly!
To their credit, the group sometimes showed a bit more fight than we had seen in previous weeks, and the cornerbacks actually had their moments, as did the defensive front. Other than a few chunk plays on the ground, the run defense really wasn’t that terrible. In general, there was plenty of moments that made us pull our hair out, but the focus now shifts to revenge.
On Dec. 1, OU will face the Texas Longhorns for the second time, and the game will be at 11 a.m. (because of course it is) on ABC. That’s a weird thing to type, but this is uncharted ground for all of us. I CAN NOT WAIT to see the crowd at Jerry World — both in the parking lot and in the stadium. If you have the means to do so, I encourage you to roll down to Arlington and invade that place. We can’t just let Texas fans show us up!
Anyway, like I said — uncharted territory. I don’t really know what to expect, to be perfectly honest. All I know is that I’m going to tailgate like a champion, and so should you (again, if you have the time and means to do so). I see brown liquor in my future. Could be trouble...
It’s 12:17 a.m. AND TEXAS STILL SUCKS!!!