Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
It wasn’t a Heisman moment, and in the box score it only shows up as an incomplete pass, but on OU’s final drive against Baylor, Jalen Hurts might have saved the Oklahoma Sooners’ season when he tracked down a bad snap and got rid of it without warranting an intentional grounding penalty. The Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig explains:
Oklahoma would have no doubt been in a world of trouble had Hurts either jumped on the ball or the Bears snatched it away altogether, but fortunately for this team his championship composure took over and he made the right play.
If this team ends up running the table en route to a fifth consecutive Big 12 Championship and a third consecutive berth in the CFP, this play will certainly be among the most heads-up, clutch moments as we look back. Other than scoring and getting stops, it’s unsung plays like this that can ultimately define a season.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! OU-BU was the most-watched game on Saturday, Oklahoma’s O-line is a Joe Moore Award semifinalist, Luke Doncic put up a ridiculous stat line and more!
- On Tuesday, 14 Sooners were announced as Academic All-Big 12 honorees. The list includes Nick Basquine*, Pat Fields*, Jeremiah Hall*, Connor McGinnis (4.0)*, Bryan Mead*, Tanner Mordecai*, Reeves Mundschau*, Devin Staton (4.0)*, Drake Stoops*, Jon-Michael Terry*, Clayton Woods*, Creed Humphrey, Spencer Jones and Trey Sermon. In order to make the team, players must earn at least a 3.0 GPA (cumulative or the two previous semesters) and must have participated in at least 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. First-team selections must meet the same requirements but with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. (* = First-team selection)
- OU was named Team of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America following the largest comeback in program history. Boomer!
- Oklahoma at Baylor was the weekend’s most-watched college football game, and the ratings obviously peaked as the Sooners completed their epic comeback.
Via ESPN, #Sooners vs Baylor broadcast was most-watched game of week & most-watched telecast across all television on Saturday.— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) November 19, 2019
The 6.785 million viewers is ABC's best for Big 12 game since 2013 Bedlam
Audience peaked at 8.5 million when OU completed comeback (10-10:15pm)
- Lincoln Riley was named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week after his Oklahoma Sooners mounted a monumental comeback to give the Baylor Bears their first loss of the season.
Congratulations are in order for @LincolnRiley, our #DoddTrophy Coach of the Week!— The Dodd Trophy (@DoddTrophy) November 18, 2019
Coach Riley led @OU_Football to a historical come-back against No. 13 Baylor in Waco on Saturday.#Sooners https://t.co/fkdQX5Cqu5 pic.twitter.com/WfjYZLF1No
- ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. wrote about how OU kept its College Football Playoff hopes alive after rallying against a previously unbeaten Baylor squad. It’ll be very interesting to see where the committee ranks the Sooners tonight.
- Jalen Hurts held onto his second-place standing in ESPN’s weekly Heisman Watch after leading the Sooners to a historic victory in Waco, which isn’t bad, but at this rate, something drastic would have to happen for LSU’s Joe Burrow to not win the hardware going away.
- Even though superstar receiver CeeDee Lamb was ruled out last Saturday, Oklahoma’s talented group of young receivers stepped up in a major way down the stretch. The Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey has more.
- On Monday, sophomore DE Ronnie Perkins met with the media and talked about how Oklahoma’s defense responded against Baylor in the second half. For the night, Perkins had three sacks, and was a consistent presence as a pass rusher. Tyler Palmateer of the Norman Transcript wrote about how the Sooners are leaning on the budding star going forward.
- As a unit, Oklahoma’s offensive line has been named among 10 semifinalists for the 2019 Joe Moore Award — an honor for the nation’s top O-line. Just the fact that this group is even considered among the nation’s best says a lot about what Bill Bedenbaugh has built. Even after losing four of five starters to the NFL Draft, and while the play hasn’t always been elite, it’s clearly been more than good enough to produce absurd offensive numbers.
- In case you missed it, check out the OU men’s basketball highlights from last night’s successful rally to knock off William & Mary. Austin has you covered with the recap as well, and you can find that right here. The Sooners are now a perfect 4-0 to start the season.
- It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s that time of the year when Oklahoma does its part to help give back to the community. Donations are always welcome at your local food banks across the state, so lend a helping hand or two if you can and together we can make this holiday season that much more special for everyone.
Around the Sports World
- On Monday, Alabama freshman CB Scooby Carter announced that he’s entering the NCAA Transfer Portal after playing in three games this season. He’s originally from Mansfield, Texas, so perhaps he’ll be returning to the Lone Star State for his next destination.
I will be entering the transfer portal. pic.twitter.com/M14wqTVBHT— S͓̽c͓̽o͓̽o͓̽b͓̽y͓̽ (@jcarter2133) November 18, 2019
- Paul George is still that dude. Check out his game-winning three-pointer that gave the Los Angeles Clippers the lead for good over his former team — the Oklahoma City Thunder. The man has ice in his veins.
- The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic became the second-youngest player to record a 40-point triple double in a win against the San Antonio Spurs. The guy is a baller by every measure.
- Carmelo Anthony will wear the always fresh No. 00 as a member of the Portland Trailblazers. Let’s just hope his personal stat line doesn’t reflect his jersey number too often.
Carmelo will wear no. 00— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) November 19, 2019
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