Oklahoma football head coach Bob Stoops has taken the Big 12 by storm, and his team has shown it can beat teams that are on the outside looking in, as they defeated Oklahoma State 34-21 on Saturday.
The Sooners’ offense had been on a tear, averaging over 7.5 yards per carry for their first five games, before running into a problem that was on display at the end of the first half.
They took over the game in the second half and led by as many as 20 points before halftime, when they put up a whopping 35 points in the final 20 minutes.
The problem was the offensive line.
Oklahoma’s offensive linemen were at the top of the list, as the Sooners had seven players in double figures with one coming in the top five.
One player, Tyler Ferguson, was named the game’s top performer.
The issue was the fact that Oklahoma’s line had not been able to perform to the level that the team needs to be able to win games.
That was evident as soon as the game started, as Oklahoma State was able to put up just 10 points over the final four quarters of the game, a far cry from the 13-point halftime lead that they led for most of the second quarter.
Oklahoma’s offensive lines need to get better.
They were so bad in the first game that they looked good in the win over Iowa.
They have to do a better job of staying on their feet, especially when they are forced to rush the passer and throw the ball out of bounds.
The offensive line needs to get stronger.
The other major issue was in the passing game.
The Sooners only completed 51.7 percent of their passes for a total of 559 yards and just three touchdowns.
The receivers, who are usually the first line, didn’t play well in the game and missed some big throws, which contributed to a couple of missed field goals.
The offense had trouble finding the open receivers on third downs.
This needs to change.
It’s too early to tell if the line will be good enough in the future, but if Stoops can fix the problems that have plagued his team, he could have a great future at Oklahoma.