It was football time in Oklahoma on Saturday night as the Sooners returned to Norman for week 2. The opponent isn’t exactly what I’d call a good measuring stick of where the Sooners want to be when going over their performance, but all-in-all, they didn’t look too shabby.
The highlight of the Sooners offense was not QB Landry Jones, but RB newcomer, Damien Williams. Williams ended his night with 156 yards and 4 touchdowns, with his longest being an impressive 89 yard run. With this week’s performance added with week 1, Williams became the 4th player in Sooner history to have consecutive 100+ yards in their first two games in the crimson and cream.
Jones had a decent night with 252 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did have an interception and was almost intercepted again shortly after by FAMU standout, Devan Roberts. Besides the pick, Jones broke Sooner records last night by moving into the second most winning quarterback in program history, overtaking Jamelle Holiway. He could tie Steve Davis with another win.
The defense looked good for a second week in a row, allowing only 61 yards rushing by the Rattlers. The FAMU offense only had 235 total yards in offense compared to the Sooners impressive 662. Damien Fleming, the Rattlers QB ended the night with only 133 yards and 1 touchdown. Again, the defense looked good, but against a more evenly matched team, they still have a lot of work they need to do.
Safety, Tony Jefferson did leave the game early on and was later seen on the sidelines with a cast on his foot. Bob Stoops commented after the game that it was only a sprain and if the game was closer, he would have still be in there.
The main problem the Sooners face is getting off to a slow start. They had the same issue last season. Jones and Co. seem to wake up in the mid-second quarter and this can’t happen. Once they get into conference play, they can not get rolling so late. Everyone remembers Texas Tech from 2011, so I don’t need to say much more. The offensive line seemed to be blocking a lot better, but it’s hard to judge against FAMU.
A definite improvement from week one was the special teams play. Penn State transfer, Justin Brown was fabulous on kickoff returns. He almost took 2 to the end zone and set the Sooner offense up in scoring position. Kenny Stills ended the game with 120 yards and 1 touchdown while JUCO transfer, Trey Metoyer had a great 18-yard touchdown.
Naturally, when you have a 69-13 win, we got to see the not so usual suspects. Stoops started rotating more people in and to the roar of the crowd; we got to see Sterling Shepard. When Shepard made his first career catch, the fans that were left in the stadium went wild. Both backup QB’s Blake Bell and Drew Allen got to be under center for a while, which was nice to see Bell throw the ball instead of run. Though we did see hand-off left, hand-off right more than once out of him.
As I have said a couple times, it’s really hard to judge improvement with an opponent like FAMU. The real test will be in two weeks when they take on the always competitive Kansas State. Wildcats QB Collin Klein is on a hot streak and they will be searching for a revenge game in Norman this year, after the Sooners came to their house and handed them a beating in 2011.
The Sooners go into week 3 with a bye. Its time to rest, work and improve. Then repeat.