The Sooners picked up an impressive win in unfriendly confines. The Volunteer faithful, in a checkerboard of orange and white, set records for attendance and noise level. They were loud, and they wanted a win. It wasn’t enough though. Tennessee did a remarkable job of disrupting the OU offense for three quarters, but unfortunately for them, football games are four quarters long. In the face of a hostile crowd, the Sooners overcame a 14 point deficit late to push the game to overtime, and the rest was history.
It was the type of win that can define a season. The type of game that champions win, and now Oklahoma has put themselves in the Big 12 title conversation.
|3rd Down Eff||9-20||6-18|
|4th Down Eff||1-2||0-0|
|Yds Per Pass||4.6||3.7|
|Yds Per Rush||3.4||2.9|
KEY POINT IN THE GAME
When Samaje Perine stepped into the end zone to cap a 14 play 80 yard drive it reinvigorated the Sooners. Prior to that drive Oklahoma had struggled on offense with 12 drives totaling 153 yards. On those 12 drives the Oklahoma offense went three and out six times and end drives with two interceptions and eight punts. The Sooners offense scored touchdowns on their last four drives and it all started with their longest drive of the game.
POSITIVES FOR OKLAHOMA
The Defense – The Oklahoma gave up 17 quick points to the Vols but put the clamps on after Tennessee scored with 12:14 remaining in the second quarter. By the time Tennessee scored their 17th point they had accumulated 167 yards on 5 drives for the remainder of the game they would only accumulate 82 yards on 12 drives including their two overtime drives. If not for their defense Oklahoma wouldn’t have had the opportunity to come back in this game.
4th Quarter & Overtime Baker Mayfield – The Oklahoma QB was deadly accurate and did a great job of leading the Sooners on four straight touchdown scoring drives. On his last four drives Mayfield was 11 of 14 passing for 103 yards with three touchdowns and 24 rushing yards with a rushing touchdown. There is no doubt that Mayfield was the catalyst for the Sooners comeback win however the comeback wouldn’t have been necessary if he had played at this level for all four quarters.
NEGATIVES FOR OKLAHOMA
Where Did The Offense Go? – In both of Oklahoma’s games this season it has taken the Sooners offense a while to get running on all cylinders. On Saturday night their offense sputtered for three quarters and it almost cost them an incredibly valuable win.
1st – 3rd Quarter Baker Mayfield – On Saturday night Mayfield pulled a Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde act that most Sooner fans won’t soon forget. Prior to his 4th quarter heroics Mayfield had completed 8 of his 25 passing attempts for 84 yards and two interceptions along with 8 rushes for 22 yards. In order for the Sooners to be successful this season they’ll need Mayfield to be more consistent and they’ll need for him to produce more than 106 yards and two turnovers of offense through three quarters of each game.
OKLAHOMA PLAYER OF THE GAME
The Defense – Ordinarily this space is reserved for an individual player however when an entire unit saves the game for the team they deserve recognition. The Sooners defense forced the Volunteers to punt the ball nine times with six of those punts following three and outs. No matter how good the offense is making forcing a team to go three and out 2/3 of the time is hard to do and a great recipe for winning.
WHAT THE WIN MEANS
Oklahoma now owns the most impressive non conference win in the Big 12. If the Sooners go on to have an undefeated season and are in the playoff mix a win over an SEC opponent should reflect well on them. The Sooners have to hope that Tennessee goes into SEC play and makes some noise in order for the win to carry a ton of weight. As long as the offense keeps their act together and the defense continues to be as great as they were Saturday the Sooners should have a good season.
EMPTYING THE NOTEBOOK
Oklahoma now has a three game winning streak versus the SEC going back to 2013.
The lost 17-0 lead is the biggest lead ever given up by Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.
Oklahoma is now 108-46-8 against the SEC.
Tennessee is now 9-8 versus the Big 12.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is now 25-7 against current SEC teams with 11 of the wins and 3 of the losses coming to former Big 12 member Texas A&M.