Sunday, October 16, 2005

"D" Was the Key for Sooners

It wasn’t pretty at all. For most of the game you thought that the contest was to see which team had the worst offense. Well, if that was the case then Kansas won hands down. The Jayhawks struggled from the very start, on the third play of the game OU cornerback D.J. Wolfe intercepted quarterback Brian Luke's pass and returned it 65 yards to the end zone.

On their very next drive another Luke pass was intercepted by OU linebacker Clint Ingram which set up an OU field goal to put the Sooners up 10-0. Luke had two interceptions in his first three throws, and things would not get better as he finished the night 11 of 30 for 86 yards, 3 interceptions and was sacked 3 times. The Jayhawks managed just 102 yards against a blitzing Oklahoma defense.

The Jayhawks defense was able to match the Sooners blow for blow during the first half, holding OU to just 82 yards total offense. However, after a few halftime adjustments OU was able to put up 224 yards and score 9 points to put the game away in the second half. The clincher came early in the fourth quarter when OU quarterback Rhett Bomar hooked up with receiver Malcom Kelly for a 25 yard touchdown pass that ended an 11 play 92 yard drive.

The Sooners can walk away from this game with some confidence even though they struggled. The defense was nasty all night and definitely kept the Sooners in the game when the offense faltered. As time went on in the second half things began to click for the Sooners as the Jayhawk defense wore down.

Bomar, who had the worst game of any Sooner quarterback in a long time against Texas, bounced back to put up some semi-respectable numbers (16-31, 206 yards 1 TD/2 INT’s). The running game is still very shaky without Peterson going full speed and you get the feeling that if he would just spend a week without practicing or playing it would go a long way towards his recovery.

From this point on OU has got to show improvement each week. They are now playing for next season and it is important that they get these young players as much solid game experience as possible. The Sooners have to win three of their last five games to become bowl eligible.

Something We Haven’t Seen Yet.
A home game against Baylor gives OU a chance to do something that they have not done this season. Win two games in a row.

My Player of the Game: DE C.J Ah You 5 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, Pass Break-Up, Sack Assists