Sunday, September 8, 2013
What we learned: Week 2
By Brandon Chatmon
Here’s what we learned after Oklahoma’s 16-7 win over West Virginia.
The quarterback competition is far from over. Even when OU named Trevor Knight the starter, Bob Stoops and the rest of the Sooners continued to go out of their way to mention Blake Bell in the following days. We found out why against the Mountaineers when Knight was replaced by Bell in the fourth quarter after the redshirt freshman had three turnovers in his second start. Add Kendal Thompson into the mix when he returns from his foot injury, and OU’s quarterback situation becomes really muddy heading into the heart of its schedule.
OU’s defense continues to be aggressive. While the Sooners have just two total sacks after two games, their aggressiveness has been apparent in two quality defensive performances. OU has allowed one touchdown in two games and has kept quarterbacks off balance by making things uncomfortable for opposing offenses using defensive penetration and blitz schemes. The pass rush is much improved from last season.
The Sooners will lean on their running game if necessary. OU aims to be balanced on offense, but the Sooners won’t hesitate to put the game on the shoulders of their offensive line and running backs if the passing game is struggling. Oklahoma rushed for 621 yards in its first two games including a 316-yard performance against the Mountaineers. Even though their offense has struggled mightily and looked nothing like the explosive passing offenses of the past few seasons, OU has found a way to get it done on the ground.