Oklahoma Sooners roll on the West Carolina Catamounts

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Mike Woods and Brayden Willis

NORMAN – Two things were quite predictable Saturday night at Owen Field.

First, the Oklahoma Sooners would show a significant improvement over their opening week performance against Tulane.

Second, you can’t really get much out of this fact.

The Sooners, as expected, threw West Carolina into oblivion, 76-0, with a dominant first half. At halftime, OU was 400 yards versus 68 for WCU, including 243 passing yards and five quarterback touchdowns Spencer rattler.

The Catamounts, visiting the No.4-ranked Sooners from the lower regions of the Football Championship subdivision, only managed three first tries in the first half. OU’s backups took the reins for most of the second half.

OU finished with 624 total yards, while West Carolina came from 182.

On an evening when the university commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with numerous tributes, a sold-out crowd of 83,538 – perhaps still a little anxious about the five-point survival of the outsider Green Wave in the week. last – presented herself at full strength.

Was last week an aberration? Did this week make no sense? Does this team have what it takes to run after a national championship?

The second week of September is still far too early to answer all of this.

STATISTICS

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If anything was revealed on Saturday, it’s that Oklahoma’s offensive line has played with better efficiency, the defensive rotation has appeared a bit thinner as the coaching staff continues to find their best lineups, and the first year class indeed seems ready to contribute to the end of this team. results.

That includes a mostly net third quarter performance from the true freshman quarterback. Caleb williams, who started the second half and pulled off a quick strike that included his 59-yard run to set up Jaden knowles‘1-yard touchdown run. Knowles later scored on a 29-yard rush, and Todd hudson added a score in the fourth quarter.

Oh, Sooner Nation learned that kicker too Gabe Brkic isn’t close to finishing his show in 2021. In the first quarter against WCU, Brkic buried a 56-yard field goal, right in the middle. It was his fourth 50 yards in the first two games.

Rattler had another good game statistically, but he looked so much more comfortable and confident. Part of that is playing an average FCS program (63 scholarships, compared to 85 in FBS). Protection was better, yes, but Rattler was just sharper all around.

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Kennedy brooks and Eric Gray had a great evening wearing football but didn’t play after half-time. They combined 122 yards on 15 carries, with Brooks reaching the end zone.

Jadon Haselwood, now all the way back from a knee injury in 2020, has scored two of four TDs. First-year student Mario Williams, Mike Woods and Gray also caught a TD pass from Rattler.

Then, an important step: the Nebraska Cornhuskers, next Saturday in Norman. It’s a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of 1971’s Game of the Century, and kicks off at 11 a.m. on Fox.

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