Don’t Tell Oklahoma You Have to Run the Ball
Last week, I wrote about Tennessee’s split stats of running vs passing and made a case for throwing the ball more. Dooley didn’t listen – the Vols ran 38 times and only threw 25 passes against Georgia, and lost while tallying negative yardage on the ground.
Before playing Texas last week in one of college football’s annual treasures (it doesn’t get any better than the Red River Rivalry), the Oklahoma Sooners had passed and run the ball equally during their first four games (4-0) over Tulsa, Florida State, Missouri, and Ball State. That’s a similar split to Tennessee’s first four games.
But, did you notice what OU did to the Longhorns on Saturday?
Yes, they completely demolished Texas, 55-17.
But the Sooners did it while running the ball only 19 times for a measly 86 yards.
That is simply stunning for a team that averaged about 40 rushes per game during their first four games.
Of course, what is normally the case for Oklahoma, the defense did the dirty work and cashed in big time. The Sooners scored on a 55-yard INT return, and fumble returns for 19-yard and 56-yard TDs. Those three TDs by the defense set a school record, and the eight sacks and seventeen tackles for loss tied school records as well.
But offensively, the Sooners disemboweled Bevo primarily via an aerial attack: 52 passes for 367 yards.
Who said you have to run the ball to win in the big time?