As expected, Oklahoma got the best of Tulane. Although the score suggests a blowout, at one point in this contest it was all tied up at 14 apiece. It seemed that the Sooners, who may have been hungover from the big win over Ohio State, were on the verge of foolishly making this a game, but they regained focused and scored 42 unanswered points. The Green Wave had no answer to Oklahoma’s onslaught. They are favored to win the Big 12 and rightfully so.
The Sooners made sure Johnathan Brantley felt the pressure as they recorded three sacks and only allowed him to throw 43 yards and rush for 60. He did score a touchdown, but it ultimately amounted to nothing.
Baker Mayfield continues to effortlessly orchestrate the offense with 331 yards and four touchdowns. Coming from a Heisman candidate, 300 yard performances are going to be the norm rather than the exception. There is also an emerging star in the receiving core with the freshman CeeDee Lamb. The young wide receiver caught four balls for 131 yards and found the end zone twice. It could have been a bigger game if he was not ejected for targeting in the second quarter.
|3rd Down Eff||4-14||4-7|
|4th Down Eff||2-2||0-1|
|Yards Per Pass||4.5||14.5|
|Yards Per Rush||3.8||6.2|
|TUL – J. Brantley||5/9||43||4.8||0||1||25.2|
|OU – B. Mayfield||17/27||331||12.3||4||0||93.3|
|TUL – D. Hilliard||19||104||5.5||1||34|
|OU – A. Adams||8||93||11.6||0||49|
|TUL – T. Encalade||1||22||22.0||0||22|
|OU – M. Brown||6||155||25.8||1||87|
Emptying the Notebook
The Green Wave were able to muster some kind of offense behind running back Dontrell Hilliard. He finished the game with 104 yards and a score on 19 carries to finish of an impressive 65 yard drive, which got him over 2,000 yards in his Tulane career. Other than this one bright spot, Oklahoma’s dominated the line of scrimmage.
The Sooner defense was finally able to get it together in the second quarter and stifled the Green Wave offense. As stated in this matchup preview, senior defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo had a monster game and created constant, unrelenting pressure on QB Johnathan Brantley. He finished the day with nine tackles, a sack and two tackle for losses.
The secondary stepped up and only allowed Green Wave receivers to combine for 54 yards. The exclamation point came on a 77 yard pick six by sophomore cornerback Parnell Motley. The defense had their way, which will happen more often than not in conference play.
.@LincolnRiley was happy with the way the defense bounced back after a few early scores.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 17, 2017