The Oklahoma Sooners returned to Norman Saturday night for their home opener of the 2012 season. While the game against Florida A&M wasn’t a true test of the Sooners talents, we did get to see improvement and a couple of new up-and-coming talents shine on the field.
The weather and the atmosphere for the Sooners home opener couldn’t have been any better, a kickoff temperature in the mid-seventies and a packed house. Sooner Nation was ready for football time in Oklahoma to get going. As always, in a pre-kickoff tradition, the highly anticipated Sooner intro video was played on the big screen. And if you haven’t seen that yet, watch it here.
As in the past, the Sooners main issue is getting off to a slow start and Saturday night was no exception. The 69-13 score might show a different story, but against a better defense, things may not have looked so good. One comment I kept making last night during the game was, yes they look great, but against a “quality” opponent, would this hold up?
Landry Jones had 252 yards with 2 touchdowns, but had an interception by Rattler Devan Roberts, who actually almost had 2. Jones’ 252 yards pushed him past the great Jamelle Holiway as the Sooners 2nd most winning quarterback in history at 31.
RB Damien Williams was the highlight of the Sooners offense again in week 2. Williams had 156 yards and 4 touchdowns, with his longest being an outstanding 89 yard run. With this week’s performance added with week 1, Williams became the 4th player in Sooner history to have consecutive 100+ yards in their first two games in the crimson and cream. The last player to accomplish this was Adrian Peterson.
The defense dominated again, allowing FAMU QB Damien Fleming only 133 yards and 1 touchdown. The rush defense held up this week, allowing only 61 yards on the ground. The Rattlers only had 235 total yards in offense compared to the Sooners 662. Safety Tony Jefferson left the game in the 1st and was later seen on the sidelines with a cast on his foot. Bob Stoops said it was just a sprained ankle and if the game had been a tighter situation, he would have probably stayed in.
WR Justin Brown set the Sooners up in scoring position more than once with long kickoff returns. The Sooners haven’t had a kickoff returner who could take it that close to the house in a long time. Kenny Stills looked good and seems to be working in the slot well. He finished out with 120 yards and a touchdown. Newcomer, Trey Metoyer scored his first Sooner touchdown, a diving 18-yard catch.
In the second half, Stoops started rotating more people in and to the roar of the crowd; we got to see Sterling Shepard. When Shepard made his first career catch, the fans that were left in the stadium went wild. Both backup QB’s Blake Bell and Drew Allen got to be under center for a while, which was nice to see Bell throw the ball instead of run. Though we did see hand-off left, hand-off right more than once out of him.
To the Rattlers credit, they did hang in there as much as they could the first half. They were down 35-10 going into the second and their players were exhausted. The entire team was sitting on the bench throughout the rest of the game instead of standing on the sidelines rooting for the unit on the field.
The Sooners enter week 3 with a bye and some time to rest. Rest and time to get ready for a much more competitive opponent, Kansas State. Kansas State is fresh off a huge win on Saturday against the Miami Hurricanes. A Bill Synder coached team should never be underestimated and Stoops knows that all too well.