10) Oklahoma outscores Tulsa
Let’s talk real – Oklahoma should have been up by five touchdowns in the closing moments of the 2nd quarter Saturday afternoon. They were dominating the game, but then resident badass Samaje Perine fumbled the ball and Tulsa scored twice in nine seconds, and suddenly a certain 31-10 throttle turned into a 31-24 struggle.
But Oklahoma was the better team and would hold on to a 52-38 win in Norman Saturday afternoon. The Sooners would amass 773 total yards and 39 first downs against an awful Tulsa defense. Baker Mayfield set an Oklahoma record with 572 total yards of offense – 487 through the air and 85 yards on the ground – and total six touchdowns. Samaje Perine went for 152 yards on the ground at 6.9 yards a carry. The offense was rolling. No hangover from Tennessee.
Which is pretty much the polar opposite of the defense.
10) The improbable win
Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive – Miracle Max
It was hard to imagine a 31-24 Oklahoma win as the 4th quarter began Saturday night in Knoxville. Down 17-3. No offense. Bad interception. Gassed defense. 102,000 screaming hillbillies.
But sometimes, a team isn’t really dead. It just looks that way.
The first weekend of college football has come and gone, and my liver went with it. Here are my 10 musings from the first week…
10) Oklahoma State defeats directional Michigan school and looks average
For a good two plus quarters of football Thursday night, Central Michigan was better than Oklahoma State. Trailing CMU 13-10 in the 3rd, the Cowboy defense was giving up chunks of yards and the OSU offense could do nothing on the ground. It looked like it may be rough night, and nobody would be wearing their OSU t-shirt to work on casual Friday.
Then Mike Gundy fired Mike Yurcich. Well, probably not literally. Just seemed like it.
Hello, TLO readers. I hope you’re ready for another season of my astute weekly analysis of OU, OSU, the Big 12, the general college football landscape, and of course, random pics of hot coeds.
First, let’s talk about OU:
The University of Oklahoma: Land of Tepid Optimism and Shattered Expectations
Like the typical Oklahoma alum and football fan, I stupidly bought in to the hype last summer. Hammering Alabama in Sugar Bowl. Double digit returning starters. Renewed attitude. Sadly, it was blown to hell by terrible play calling, worse quarterback play and one awful pass defense. Oh well, at least I was right when I called for Josh Heupel to be fired following the Texas Tech game. I’m glad the OU donor who forced that move reads this column.
Editor’s Note: We’d like to thank Gravy for another fine season of recapping the college football games. When you read this, I hope a little tear falls from your eye and drops in your whiskey. It would be fitting.
The Cheap Ass Sporting Goods Bowl was the perfect microcosm of the issues plaguing this program since the end of September.
A great way to exorcise the demons of Bedlam would have been a fast start. Not going three and out (including what should have been an INT on an awful, yet foreshadowing 3rd down pass from Trevor Knight). And certainly not giving up a 65 yard touchdown pass on the first play to an offense that mustered 17 points against Boston College, 16 points against Syracuse, and 6 points against Georgia Tech.
Fine. Whatever. Let’s regroup and play good, sound, fundamental football. Which would NOT include getting caught offsides on a fucking field goal attempt (that was blocked …) or getting caught *wait for it* offsides on a pick six. OR … throwing two GD horrific interceptions in the first half, one of which was returned for a touchdown. OR … continuing to give up 3rd down conversions by not covering a simple 7 yard out. OR … missing an extra point.
Again, perfect synopsis for the season.
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