Leading up to the game we were worried that FAU was sneaky good, and the Sooners could be in trouble as pretty much the entire LGG staff thought it would be a closer game than the 21-point spread indicated. We were very, very wrong as Oklahoma embarrassed FAU, 63-14.
It didn’t take long for Oklahoma to get going. Thanks to a punt block by Lee Morris, the Sooners had 14 points before their second drive of the game. And it just got uglier from there, as they scored on their first four possessions. By halftime, it was 42-0.
The second half was more of the same, just with the backups running the show. Coach Lincoln Riley’s squad racked up another four touchdowns before they were done.
FAU prevented the shutout with a couple of garbage time touchdowns, but this was never much of a game.
Oklahoma’s Offense is Scary Good
Going into the season, we knew that even without Baker Mayfield, the offense was stacked. Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon might be the best one-two punch in the country, and quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Austin Kendall also provide a run threat. Combine that with a good offensive line and it’s tough to see how anyone will be able to contain that attack for long.
FAU certainly couldn’t. The Sooners put 316 yards on them on the ground. Anderson was Oklahoma’s leading rusher with 100 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. He averaged 20 yards per carry. That’s unreal. Sermon earned 69 yards and a touchdown on 9 carries. If they hadn’t been sent to the sidelines so early, either one could have had a career day.
Exhibit 1: Rodney Anderson rips off a 65-yard touchdown.
Exhibit 2: Trey Sermon beats his way to a 17-yard touchdown.
Exhibit 3: Rodney Anderson scores from 30 yards out.
Replacing the Heisman Trophy Winner should not be this easy. And before you blow up my mentions, yes, it’s just one game. But in that one game, Murray balled out. He went 9 for 11 for 209 yards and two touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 99.4.
Had Murray not been pulled in order to show FAU some mercy, he may have broken the Sooner’s passing record. That’s not me saying that. That’s Owl’s head coach Lane Kiffin saying it. And he knows a thing or two about offense.
“Thank God they took him out, or he could’ve broke every school record there is.” Kiffin said after the game.
Sooner fans had to be very pleased with what they saw as Murray showed some flashes of his predecessor.
Exhibit 1: Kyler Murray rolls out to find Hollywood Brown for the touchdown.
Exhibit 2: Kyler Murray scrambles for a first down.
Is Oklahoma a Playoff Team? Lane Kiffin Thinks So
“I’d be shocked if there’s a better team in the country than the one we played today,” Kiffin said in his post game press conference. “I’ll be shocked if that team is not in the playoffs”
We will know more next week after the Sooners face UCLA, but right now I agree with Kiffin. This time last week, I didn’t believe the Big 12 had a playoff team as every team had some question marks. Now, for Oklahoma, it’s hard to even remember what those were. That was an emphatic beating of what should be a Top 25 team at the end of the season.
They Have Offense, But What About Defense?
It’s hard to get a read of any defense when the offense is scoring every thirty seconds and pulling starters. The defense gave up 324 yards on 192 yards passing and 132 yards rushing, which isn’t great, but it’s not bad either considering any Lane Kiffin led offense will put yards up.
The two stats that really stand out are third down stops and yards given up per rush, and Oklahoma did well in both areas. FAU converted just four of their 15 third down tries, and were one for three on fourth down. On the ground, the Sooners held the Owls to 3.1 yards per carry. Most coaches will tell you that they’d prefer than number be 3.5 or higher.
The Sooner’s secondary also did well. They held FAU to under a 60 percent completion rate, and the longest pass given up was 26 yards. They also kept the Owls out of the end zone until garbage time. And remember, FAU should have a very good offense this season.
As I have said a couple of times already, it’s just one game, and really, it wasn’t even that as it was well in hand by the end of the first quarter. So the jury is very much still out on the defense, but so far, Sooner Nation has the little they’ve seen.