The Sooners (1-2) had been stiff against the run in their first two games this season, but they had no answers for Ohio State (3-0). Quarterback J.T. Barrett joined running backs Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel in running through, around and over OU’s defense.
“They got us out of a lot of our stuff, made it a physical game, and we didn’t react well to it,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said.
Oklahoma had a chance to prove its prior performances were no fluke early in the game, with the Buckeyes facing 4th-and-1 on the Sooners’ 36-yard line. However, the Sooners appeared confused before the snap and
Samuel quickly found the left edge of the defense and sprinted for a 7-0 lead.
“The one run (they scored on), it was around the edge,” head coach Bob Stoops said. “They get 50 yards for a touchdown on fourth and one. Is that brute strength? It’s perimeter speed.”
Ohio State often used an unbalanced formation, which both Stoops brothers said limited what packages the Sooners could utilize on defense. (More at OUDaily.com)
|3 Ohio State||14||21||7||3||45|
|3rd Down Conversions||6-14||5-13|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||0-3|
|Time of Possession||35:49||24:11|
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